By 2004, the actual five-year appeal target of £350,000 for the new Fawley Court Apostolate Centre was successfully reached. Code-named ”Żywe Kamienie” (Living Stones), it was launched by Fr Superior Wladyslaw Duda MIC in 1999, and based on a similar appeal from the 1950s when Fawley Court was purchased by the Poles in exile. Subsequently supervised by Fr W Duda himself, this Apostolate Centre appeal attracted over five hundred donors, including large donations from the Association of Marian Helpers in the USA. Today, these appeal funds compounded at commercial bank interest rates should stand at £500,000 (half a million pounds)!
Each donation, with the donor’s name, was commemoratively marked by a specially inscribed (”living”) stone tablet and housed at St Anne’s Church, Fawley Court.
Why was the Apostolate Centre at Fawley Court never built? Where are the appeal funds? Were builders contracted and given a deposit? Where is the accounting? Where is the scheme’s initiator and steward, Fr Wladyslaw Duda? Why is the matter still being hushed up? Despite written assurances from the Charity Commission that this case, and the £400,000 (or is it £690,000?), from the (secret) sale, in 2006, of North Lodge, Fawley Court, would both be investigated, nothing has happened. Why?
On 16 May 2000, Wycombe District Council advised Tekton DPW Ltd., Architects & Designers, Ealing, acting innocently enough on behalf of the “Marian Fathers”, that planning permission (App No: 00/05516/LBC), for the new Apostolate Centre/Building at Fawley Court was ”granted consent”. This conflicts sharply with the Marians’ later postulations that they were refused planning consent. This is not the case, and falsely or otherwise, they abandoned the Apostolate project.
Curiously, the ”Marian Fathers” as ”applicants”, do not give Wycombe District Council Planning Dept. a proper picture or true status of “Ownership” of Fawley Court. The Marians’ planning application received and dated 23 February 2000, appears flawed; sections under ”Certificate of Ownership (A and B)”, have been left blank, unsigned, or incomplete. It was at this same time that Fr W Duda deleted the original Divine Mercy College Charity Trust, (No. 251717) – the true owners of Fawley Court, as correctly registered by solicitors Fields Seymour Parkes in the mid 1980s. The old trust deed was substituted with a new Trust (No. 1075608), thus paving the way in giving wrongful, if not illicit proprietorship of Fawley Court to the Marians. One does not have to wonder too deeply, why?
Is this how they have allegedly duped us, and – it must be said – a supine, naively believing, and ultimately collaborative Charity Commission?
It should be stringently noted here, that the Charity Commission never said that Fawley Court belonged to the Marians. It simply said that ”they could sell” Fawley Court. The crucial issue of ownership, and proper, legal title, (via trust deeds self-servingly varied by the Marians’ over the years), was however ”…a Land Registry issue”. FCOB’s legal brains are still puzzling this one out. It is clear however that the issue will be revisited, and the ”Battle of Leicester Land Registry” will be (successfully) re-fought.
Incidentally, FCOB’s lawyers are still keenly awaiting a box of vital ”archives” from the Land Registry, and similarly, a long-time promised ”legal bundle” from PET, (Polish Educational Trust Ltd, company No. 6598300), otherwise longwindedly known as KOMITET OBRONY DZIEDZICTWA NARODOWEGO FAWLEY COURT – all of this should shed urgent fresh light on the true legal ownership, trust deeds, and land title history of Fawley Court.
Going back to the years 2001/02/03, and the time of the Apostolate planning application, it should be borne in mind that an area between St Anne’s Church and the Pope John Paul II (Pilgrim’s) House, in early 2000, was cordoned off with tape; the topsoil leveled, and marked off as if for building footings/works. Many donors were assured that this was a plot earmarked for the new Apostolate Centre.
Only later did it emerge that the subject of planning conversion application was the site North-West of the main red brick Fawley Court building, embracing the Grade II listed flint stable, and adjoining flintstone chapel. This same chapel has mercifully not as yet been deconsecrated by Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton.
The former, (new build) might have cost £350,000, the latter, a simple conversion would at best have cost £90,000. Were the faithful army of loyal donors systematically duped? The Police, and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), are already looking into the matter of the removal of human remains. They might soon want to turn their attention to the Apostolate fund appeal, and possibly, an alleged conspiracy to defraud.
The news announcing the glad tidings about the appeal, and Fawley Court’s unique, new Apostolate Centre was first made by Fr W Duda himself, (cf. Zwiastun, Winter of 2000, No. 4. 14.pp 14-15). In discussing the funds already secured, Fr W Duda goes on to say how successful the Divine Mercy Shrine and Pope John Paul II Centre/Pilgrim’s House, at Fawley Court had become. He adds a strange caveat however; … with the large increase in activity… one of our greatest challenges has been to cope with the large increase in demand for material on Divine Mercy.”
He goes on; Our premises (Fawley Court) at the moment are too small (sic!) to deal adequately with this rise in correspondence as well as not being able to provide the base for organizing conferences and retreats”.
What, too small? Fawley Court’s resplendent forty-room mansion and labyrinthine basements, impressive sixty acres of grounds with parkland, some four acres of outbuildings with farm, vegetable garden, stables, workshops, unused office space, and chapel and a church with burial ground, was/is all not room enough?! Presumably the ‘bedsit’ in half an acre, currently inhabited by brother-priests and trustees Wojciech Jasinski, and Andrzej Gowkielewicz at downsized Courtfield Gardens, West Ealing, London, is the Marians’ idea of a glorious upgrade?
In the same Zwiastun journal, Father Superior Wladyslaw Duda MIC (as he then was), reaches out – cynically some might say – to Saint Faustina of Divine Mercy, for commercial, rather than moral or spiritual guidance/support. And here it is best to cite Duda’s responses in full, to some of the questions:
How can your members get involved in the building campaign?
Marian priest and trustee Duda says;
…I realize, the great expansion of our (Fawley Court) Apostolate’s activities is a great gift from God. The most important form of help we receive is prayer so that this Apostolate can be well prepared and realized for the glory of God.
But as quick as you can bend down and rescue an orphaned fifty-pound note off the pavement, he swiftly adds; It is obvious however that such an undertaking requires FINANCIAL support. Without such help WE will not be in a position to realize this project. With this in mind WE came up with OUR “Stones” concept…
It it significant that you are launching yourcampaign shortly after Sister Faustina’s
Duda’s answer; Oh yes. This was an enormous sign for us. The Apostolate wants to serve in spreading the message of Divine Mercy, (from Fawley Court). This truth has been propagated throughout the whole history of our redemption. Sister Faustina Kowalska has played a vital role in bringing the world closer to this truth and still fulfills this role to this day. Her canonization serves to remind the world yet again, to search for the road, to look for the road signs for this new millennium in Divine Mercy – the salvation of the world. I deeply believe that sister Faustina will become a patron for this (Fawley Court) project. It has one goal – to help in shouting the truth of a God rich in Divine Mercy.
Duda’s last quote is largely nebulous rhetoric, and offensive to the religion, memory, spirit and works of Saint Faustina of Divine Mercy.
The real truth today is that; bewilderingly there is no Apostolate Centre at Fawley Court, as promised, substantial funds are unaccounted for, and the great number of donors and beneficiary alike who feel severely betrayed.
When are the authorities finally going to act?
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Re: FAWLEY COURT, HENLEY
This notice is directed to any parties who may consider that they have
a beneficial interest in Fawley Court, Henley. They should note that the sale of the property by the Marian Fathers to the new owners may be defective and that any new title
may be vulnerable to challenge.
Patrick Streeter and Co,
1 Watermans End,
Essex CM17 ORQ
Tel: 01279 731 308