The Archbishop Outlines Which Galveston Churches Are Not Long For This World
The list of Galveston Catholic churches that the Archdiocese wants to tear down is out, and it's somewhat grim reading.
The Galveston County Daily News reports that Archbishop Daniel DiNardo wrote island parishioners of the plans, not making everyone all that happy in the process.
Among those that might soon be gone to church heaven:
Our Mother of Mercy on Bolivar Peninsula. Members there are suing to stop the move, and a mediation session is scheduled for Friday.
Holy Rosary in Galveston? Ancillary buildings torn down, but not the main church. Same with Sacred Heart.
Gone completely from the island will be the buildings at Reina de la Paz and St. Peter the Apostle, with the lots to be sold.
The various parishes have been consolidated into Holy Family Parish. DiNardo says the plans are necessary to stop vandalism and better focus church resources.
Historic artifacts, statues, stained glass and churchy stuff like that will be preserved as much as possible, officials said.
The St. Mary Cathedral Basilica is definitely not on the list, DiNardo said.
The Archdiocese is committed to restoring St. Mary Cathedral Basilica. As a first step toward renovation, a commercial building adjacent to the church was cleared in September to create additional parking at the Basilica. The Archdiocese treasures the Cathedral Basilica as the mother church of Texas, and with time and funding we will restore it. An initial assessment of the requirements to repair the Basilica has already begun.
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