Magazine article The Tracker

Memo: CLOSING OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Magazine article The Tracker

Memo: CLOSING OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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Dear Brothers, RC.

Throughout my four years as provincial, I have seen to it that the province has done all that it could to extend the viability of our Jesuit apostolate at the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Jesuit Urban Center. After numerous meetings with my consultors and having apprised the members of the province congregation last January that we could no longer afford to keep the apostolate there going, I have decided that the New England Province will withdraw its presence from the South End.

I will be celebrating and preaching at the 10:00 AM Sunday mass on April I5th at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. After the liturgy I will have an open meeting with the community to announce that as of July 29,2007, we will no longer celebrate Sunday masses and that as of April 20,2007, we will cease to offer daily masses and to run any programs out of its Jesuit Urban Center, located next door. The attached press release will be distributed after mass.

As I told the Church community shortly after I took office, it was my hope that with all the new apartments and condominiums being constructed in the area the community would increase in number and be in a better position to assume a much greater responsibility for the on-going expenses of running the Church. That has not happened.

Furthermore, a recent engineering study of the Church, commissioned by the province, was completed last fall. That report showed that at least one million dollars of deferred maintenance would need to be done over the next few years. …

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