Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

New Location for the St. Mary & St. Demiana Convent

July 18, 2014

COLLEYVILLE, TX. July 18, 2014 — Through the grace of God, the Southern Diocese has placed an offer to purchase a property located in Dawsonville, GA and it has been accepted. The closing date will be September, 2014. This will be the future home of the St. Mary & St. Demiana Convent and Retreat Center.

General information regarding the property includes:

  1. Total property size is just a little over 100 acres
  2. Built in 1997
  3. Building size: 85,086 SF
  4. 13 Buildings including a small church
  5. 116 Dorm rooms, 15 common spaces, 325 beds
  6. Fellowship Hall
  7. Commercial kitchen
  8. Offices
  9. Resort-style pool
  10. Zoned PUD (Planned Unit Development) and HB (Highway Business)
  11. Approximately 40 miles north of the northern perimeter ofAtlanta, GA

The Diocese was able to negotiate the total purchase price to $3,387,500.00 inclusive of all furnishings, equipment, etc. Your financial support is needed to raise the money by the closing date of September, 2014 in order do a cash deal. Paying the purchase price in full will avoid the Diocese having to take a loan, making monthly mortgage payments, and paying interest.

Donations may be made online at then select St. Mary & St. Demiana Convent or via mail. Checks should be made payable to 'Diocese of the Southern United States' indicated in the memo for 'Convent Purchase' and mailed to:

Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States
P.O. Box 1005
Colleyville, TX 76034

Thanks be to God, the Diocese found an exceptional deal for the convent and the Georgia/Tennessee retreats to be held. "He has made everything beautiful in its time" (Ecclesiastes 3:11).