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Benefactor Issues Fundraising Challenge for Saint Leonard Church Restoration With $1 Million Match

Major benefactor, Nick Ferreri, has issued a challenge for the businesses and citizens of Boston to step up for the restoration of Saint Leonard Church, located in the heart of the North End. Ferreri will match all donations up to $1 million dollars.

“I have decided to challenge the businesses, financial district, and citizens of Boston to donate to the refurbishment of St Leonard’s.  The total cost of the project is $3.2 million. I am aware of the recent 1 million dollar donation and I will match all other donations up to 1 million dollars.  

Saint Leonard Church is more than a place of worship for Catholics. People from all over the world enter the church when they visit the North End. It is the center of the Boston’s North End. In a world of intolerance the North End and St Leonards brings all cultures and religions together with a peaceful and festive environment.  

Many of the executives in the Financial District bring clients to the great restaurants and pastry shops in the North End and I ask them to participate in this drive and and allow me to fulfill my pledge.” — Nick Ferreri

Donations can be made online here or by sending checks to St. Leonard’s Restoration Fund, 320 Hanover St., Boston MA 02113. All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt within 2 weeks of your donation. For gifts from donor-advised charitable accounts use “St. Leonard of Port Maurice” Tax ID 04-2108397 and designate Church Restoration Fund.

Please join the Franciscan Friars and parishioners on Sunday, December 17 at the 12 noon Mass when Cardinal Sean O’Malley will be present for the Blessing of the church and the consecration of the altar officially reopening Saint Leonard Church. Light refreshments will be served following the Mass and ceremony.