Of the "Realignment":
"This process, established by Edward Cardinal Egan, was designed to identify the religious, spiritual and education needs of the Catholic faithful throughout the entire archdiocese, and determine how those needs could best be met."
Egan said the decision-making process - which included "emotional" sessions with churches marked for closure - was not finance-related. There are no plans to sell church property, he said."
- from "Parishes to Perish, The New York Post, January 20, 2007.
Last Friday, as I was getting a ride home from the A&P, I saw a man on the steps of Saint Stanislaus Kostka taking photographs of the front door. He then took a shot from the front and then the side. "Stop the car!" I said and ran across the street and spoke to the young man. He told me that he was a member of a Latino congregation that was interested in purchasing the church and that some members of the congregation had seen the building earlier in the day with a realtor. He looked wary, then said perhaps he had the wrong church.
Today, en route to a friend's house for a gathering, I saw the realtor's sign outside the St. Stanislaus rectory: Houlihan & O'Malley. If you visit their website and use the MLS search, you can learn more about these enticing properties than the average parishioner ever knew. The asking price for the church is $825,000. The rectory is on the block for $1 million.
But it's not about the money.