The Shrine Committee of Our Lady of Montserrat RC Church, Tortuga has embarked on an ambitious goal: raise $3.5 million in three years to restore the church’s structure.
During the group’s tenth Anniversary Mass on January 26, President of the Shrine Committee, Diane Bertrand said “In 2017, the report presented by the restoration engineers identified that the church required restoration of 40 per cent of its structure. In 2019, this was reviewed, and the church now requires restoration of 70 per cent of its structure. It has deteriorated significantly in two years.”
She said initial drawings from the new restoration project have been submitted to the parish priest Fr Jose Marie and the Committee. The second stage which entails the surveyor’s establishment of project phases and documents to start the bidding process, is expected to begin soon.
In its effort to raise the $3.5 million the group has developed a three-year fundraising plan. This includes written and oral campaigns where a global database of the sons and daughters of Our Lady of Montserrat will be developed, and pledges will be entertained.
An events campaign with several functions to encourage the parish and Tortuga community life, while also raising funds, and a social media outreach campaign to be able to contact ‘Tortugans’ and parishioners around the world will also be implemented.
The group also plans to host a spiritual campaign with an annual Marian Conference which will feature international speakers.