The Monastery at Graiguecullen
Sold by Auction
But there was still another “obstacle” left. All the deceased Quaker’s property, including this field of seven acres, was to be sold by auction. Everyone thought that another Protestant gentleman would buy the field because he had been renting it form the original owner for his horses – but when the day came, everything was disposed of very quickly except this very field, without a single bid being made for it. When the papers published the fact that it was to be sold by private treaty, Fr. Arthur Murphy, the curate of Graiguecullen and very good friend of the community went immediately to Mr. Governey and alerted him to the situation. Once the latter understood that the Poor Clares thought that this was a very suitable location for a monastery, he immediately offered to buy the whole field and give them as much as they wanted.
And not only that: he also offered the ground for a new parish Church attached, if ever the money could be collected to build one. Straight away he went to the auctioneer and since there was no other bid, the field was his. The curate’s joy was unbounded, but it was too late that evening to let the nuns know the wonderful news. Before he began the community Mass the following morning he asked the Sisters to unite with him in offering the Holy Sacrifice for their great benefactors, Mr and Mrs. Governey, who had just purchased the site for their new monastery and thereby secured the foundation in Griague. One can only imagine the feelings that welled up in all hearts and overflowed in grateful praise and thanks to the Father of Mercies and their most generous benefactors, who had given the two acres for monastery, garden and church rent free. “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you”. (Matt. 7:7). Yet, indeed, Mother Seraphine knew in Whom she believed.