Dear Friends and Readers,

Ave Maria! As many of you know, I am beginning life as a diocesan priest hermit. My rule of life has been tentatively approved by the Archdiocese of Denver and it includes much prayer and some ministry.  I am now seeking to raise $250,000 under Peregrino Hermitage Ltd., a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization, in order to buy a small home or condo in Denver as a hermitage.  Here are a few reasons why you should continue to believe in my priesthood:

  • I will continue praying Holy Mass and the Divine Office. I will be praying several hours a day for the restoration of the Catholic Church and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  • In the past 12 months alone, my blog and podcast had 2,200,000 visits with 794,000 unique visitors, not including bots. This means that more people were taught by me online than any of my seven former parishes.
  • In May 2020, I will celebrate 10 years of my priesthood, having heard thousands of confessions in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese on five continents.  I will continue offering the sacraments locally and abroad, but my missions will be fewer, as the contemplative life should now be greater than the active life.
  • Every week, I hand out Miraculous Medals to strangers on the streets.  I hope to be something of an urban “monk-missionary” as I now have a habit in which I will pray and walk.
  • My pro-life work has made international news the past two years.
  • In a time when many Catholics are wary of CCHD-tied giving, you can be assured that 100% of your tithe for this Advent/Christmas campaign will go purely to a priestly residence.

I am also seeking foundational supporters who will help anchor this hermitage with very large gifts; I would be happy to travel and meet such donors.  But to everyone:  Please commit to praying for me and please consider donating below.  Also, please share this page with friends and family who are looking to be generous this Christmas.

In Jesus and Mary,
Fr. David Nix

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[footnote] Footnotes of lesser importance:

  1. I will try to answer all emails now.  I do not read PM/DM on social media.  Also, PayPal and Continue to Give should generate automatic tax-deductible receipts for all above donations.
  2. Checks, letters and prayer requests can also be sent to the above PO Box, but not Mass stipends. Mass stipends, as most of you know, are money in exchange for a Mass.  I will not be doing this.  Why not?  First, some traditionalists find this to be simony.  Secondly, a Mass stipend is no longer enough for a priest to make a living on, so it keeps large fundraising gifts separate from the sacraments.  Thirdly, my policy of no Mass stipends allows me to take Mass requests from the poor who can not donate to me, just as much as from the rich who may donate to me. I can, of course, offer Masses for donors, but a mailed or emailed request must be totally unattached to a donation.  If you send Mass requests and checks, please make sure they are never together in the same letter, or I may have to assess the possibility of returning both.
  3. Please do not send packages to the above PO Box.  This is because my PO box in downtown Denver is very, very small.  If the USPS were to try to jam packages in there, there is a chance that other mail would be trashed.
  4. Blog posts and podcasts will be on hiatus for December 2019 so as to fundraise and retreat for Advent and Christmas.  Blogging and podcasting will re-commence in early 2020. I plan on teaching Ignatian Mental Prayer (also the way of St. Teresa of Avila) on the Gospels (with the basics of Greek) at least three times a week to thousands on YouTube, free for donors and non-donors alike.
  5. The Archdiocese of Denver and the state of Colorado have approved of my tax-deductible 501(c)(3) charity.  As mentioned above, PayPal and Continue to Give should generate automatic tax-deductible receipts for all above donations.  Granted, $250,000 may sound like a fancy residence for a hermit.  However, that amount will only purchase a small home or condo in the Denver-metro area.  Last year, nearly a quarter million people moved to Colorado (a quarter being from California) so real estate here is very high. Switching dioceses to go to a “cheaper diocese” is more difficult than most lay people realize, as I am incardinated in the Archdiocese of Denver as an active priest applying for hermit-status under the Code of Canon Law #603.  A transfer may happen in the future, but for now I seek stability in my life in the Denver-metro area.
  6. All diocesan hermits in good standing must raise their own salary. The Archdiocese of Denver has given me a parish rectory in Denver until June 2020 from which to fundraise.  After that, I will continue in good standing with all sacramental faculties (and health insurance) from the diocese, but I will be financially responsible for my own room and board.  This is normative for the other diocesan hermits.  I know diocesan hermits attempting this plan from Montana to Pennsylvania.
  7. After fundraising for a home, I will fundraise for food.  Later in 2020, I will raise money for food, ministry and the normal salary of a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver.  In 2020, I will seek monthly donors in the form of what I call “a tithe of your tithe” (1% of one’s yearly income.)  Why would a hermit deserve a “tithe of a tithe”?  Besides the fact that the contemplative life has always been a worthy target of a tithe, my priesthood is now reaching the world with Apostolic Catholicism in a time of great doctrinal darkness and confusion.  Here are just a few countries’ unique users to my blog and podcast (not including bots): China 14,000; India 13,000; Philippines 14,000; Germany 19,000; France 15,000; Netherlands 13,000.
  8. Please pray hard for methat I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”—1 Cor 9:27  [/footnote]