The Archdiocese of New York has moved to demolish Our Lady of Vilnius twice since February, 2007. The church has remained standing thanks to civil actions.
By February 23, 2009, we must file additional legal arguments and documents with the Appellate Division, in order for this case to proceed. If we do not, our case will be dismissed and the Archdiocese will almost certainly resume its efforts to tear down the church.
We need to raise $10,000 for lawyer's and court fees by February 23, in order to continue with the case. Otherwise, we will lose the building.
We think that there is still hope. St. Brigids Church in the East Village followed a similar path since 2004, surviving one hour of blows from a wrecking ball. Their steadfast committee preserved the church through civil actions until this past year an anonymous donor gave generously and convinced the archdiocese to re-open the parish. By following their example of faith and action we hope to restore Our Lady of Vilnius as well.
If you want to support our effort to restore Our Lady of Vilnius as a place of worship and as a cultural and community center, please send a contribution.
For convenience you may visit the Save Our Lady of Vilnius website, to contribute online using the PayPal account.
You may also contribute by check. Checks should be written to The Lithuanian American Community, Inc. Please write "Save Our Lady of Vilnius Fund" in the subject line. Please send all checks to:
Lithuanian American Community, Inc. - NY District
Save Our Lady of Vilnius Fund
19 Willow Lane
Great Neck, NY 11023
All contributions are tax-deductible.
Any help you can give us will be greatly appreciated.
The Save Our Lady of Vilnius Committee