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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Nuns remember generosity of Paul Getty
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¬†Sir Paul Getty was generous to Catholic projects following his conversation to Catholicism in the 1980s. The Sisters at the Bar Convent, York, remembered him in their prayers on Maunday Thursday, the day he died. One of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary sisters said: "He helped us (financially) a number of times and we had great affection for him." The nuns were first helped by Sir Paul in the early 1990s when their scheme to turn part of the convent into a museum, cafť, shop and pastoral centre was running at a loss. He also gave money when they helped refugees from Bosnia. And he bought their valuable painting of the Crucifixion by the 17th century painter Eustache Le Suer, and gave it to the National Gallery. A copy is on display in the convent. St Mary's cathedral, Newcastle, was also helped by Sir Paul, who made a contribution to a fund for major renovation work, which is now nearing completion.
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