In a rare press conference, Mother Dawn talked to local media to share her side of the story relating to the RMS property in Yona. You see, after years of speculation about who was the mystery $2 million benefactor that allowed for the archdiocese's acquisition of the RMS property.
She finally came out, saying all it took was a phone call to her Carmelite sisters in the US mainland. "There was no he, it was a she - and it was me," she said. "So the truth of where the money came from is as easy as that."
According to the mother superior, her wish to remain anonymous was not respected.Father Pius and the NCW never revealed who the donor was. In fact, it was Mother Dawn herself and Tim Rohr who revealed it two years ago. Mother Dawn spoke to Tim Rohr about the donor and Tim published the information in his blog on August 6, 2014. Therefore, the news report is incorrect. Mother Dawn did not just FINALLY come out now. She came out two years ago. According to Tim Rohr, he wrote on his blog dated August 6, 2014:
The 2 million dollar gift to purchase the Yona property did not fall from heaven. Mother Dawn, because she is devoted to our Catholic Church, spearheaded the effort to find a donor through her order and specifically through her fellow Carmelites in St. Louis, Missouri.
Through the Carmelites in St. Louis, Mother Dawn was able to identify a donor, a private person, who agreed to give the money on two conditions:
- That the gift be used to purchase a defunct hotel property for the "purpose of a seminary"
- That the identity of the donor NOT be made known
Below is a screenshot taken from the jungle:
Therefore, the person who broke the silence and told about the donor was Mother Dawn. How else would Tim get the information? Mother Dawn broke her silence and gave the information to Tim Rohr two years ago. Tim then published it in his blog for the entire world to see. Patti Arroyo also interviewed Mother Dawn, and the next day she made a comment in the jungle about her interview with Mother Dawn. You can find that comment here. (Note the date and time):
So, the media already knew two years ago. Nowhere in this blog was it ever published that the donor were Carmelite nuns. Father Pius never revealed that the donor were Carmelite nuns. In fact, some members in the NCW speculated that the donor must be walking in the Way or some rich benefactor. Why the speculation? Because Father Pius and the Archbishop kept the donor's identity a secret, which is why we had different notions as to who the donor was.
Was the donor's wish to remain anonymous violated? Yes, but it was not us who violated it. Father Pius and the Archbishop protected the donor's identity. In fact, to protect the donor's identity, the pronoun "he" was used instead of "she." So, who was the FIRST one who broke the silence and violated the condition that the donor be made anonymous? Who was the FIRST one who said that the donor were Carmelite nuns?