Saving A Sacred Site
The Friends of Our Lady of Peace, Inc. is a nonprofit registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau and designated as a 501(C)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. The organization’s first annual report will be filed with the Charities Bureau by November 15, 2016.
The primary mission of the Friends of Our Lady of Peace, Inc. is to preserve a New York City, state and national landmark, the Church of Our Lady of Peace, located at 239-241 East 62nd Street in New York City, and to reopen it for Roman Catholic Masses and sacraments, and continue its religious purpose.
Our Lady of Peace is recognized as a sacred site and architectural gem by the New York Landmarks Conservancy and Friends of the Upper East Side. The architectural anchor of the Treadwell Farm Historic District, it was designated as a landmark in 1967 by the New York City Landmark Commission. The Church of Our Lady of Peace is included in the National Registry of Historic Places and was featured in the New York Landmarks Conservancy Annual Sacred Site Open House Tour in 2015.
Above - Photographer Richard Silver, known for his kaleidoscopic panoramas of churches, won the Sacred Sites Photo Contest with this photograph of the interior of Our Lady of Peace.
The church was shuttered by the Archdiocese of New York on July 31, 2015, in the largest downsizing of parishes in the history of the city. Since closure, the parishioners, neighbors, and friends of the church have continued to hold services and candlelight vigils at the steps. Parishioners currently have an appeal under review at the Vatican's Supreme Court, the Apostolic Signatura.
The preliminary goal of the nonprofit is to raise $500,000 in a capital campaign to demonstrate to the Vatican that 10 years of operating expenses will be held in escrow. A fundraising appeal was launched on October 7, 2015. Additional funds will be required for operating expenses. For this reason, the directors of Friends have created two separate accounts for these purposes. Read more below about the directors and our contribution programs.
(Above) Friends of Our Lady of Peace President Shane Dinneen narrates "Zechariah's Prophecy," one of the readings in Follow Mary: A Festival of Lessons & Carols, held outside the church on December 20, 2015.
How to Contribute
Download and read REVISED Friends of Our Lady of Peace Fundraising Letter (02-25-16) signed by President Shane Dinneen. Mr. Dinneen has matched dollar for dollar all funds raised since October 7, 2015.
The Friends of Our Lady of Peace have structured two levels of contribution:
- Donations of $1,000 or greater will be held in an escrow account. Those who contribute to the escrow account should download and complete a contribution form and Joinder Agreement (see below links).
- Donations of $20 - $999 will be deposited into the operating account. For more information, download and print the Fundraising letter and form.
Download and complete the Contribution Form (Revised February 17, 2016)
Download and complete the Escrow Joinder Agreement
The Friends of Our Lady of Peace, Inc. received a 501 (C)(3) tax-exempt determination from the Internal Revenue Service. The letter, dated January 26, 2016, recognizes Friends of Our Lady of Peace, Inc. as a charitable tax-exempt organization. Effective July 22, 2015, donors are able to deduct contributions.
Download and read the IRS Determination
(Above) Friends of Our Lady of Peace Treasurer Elizabeth Granville-Smith collecting donations at the Christmas Open House held at the Isle of Capri Restaurant, December 12, 2015.
We hope you will join our effort and contribute. Help us save a beautiful New York City, state and national landmark and an important legacy of immigrant and cultural history!
About the Directors
Prospective donors may view the qualifications, personal statements, and commitment of the five officers and directors of the Friends of Our Lady of Peace, Inc. by downloading the below brochure.
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[Photos of Mr. Dinneen and Ms. Granville-Smith by Steven Moy. Photograph of the interior of Our Lady of Peace by Richard Silver for the New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Photo Contest. Archival photograph of the Treadwell Farm Historic District, courtesy of the New York Public Library and Friends of the Upper East Side.]