Sunday, August 29, 2004
As the Archdiocese of Boston closes 82 parishes this week, one doomed congregation has found an inspiring way to transform its closing into a gift: The parishioners of St. Alphonsus Church in Beverly are using the rest of the church's operating budget to build a church in the Dominican Republic. The parish is also sending many of its sacred objects to the remote Dominican village.
Mrs Philocrites observes that this act of faithful stewardship is also a way to put the parish's money somewhere other than the Archdiocesan piggybank, which is still trying to cover millions of dollars in settlements with the victims of clergy sexual abuse.
("A rebirth for Beverly church," Michael Paulson and Kathy McCabe, Boston Globe 8.29.04)
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 29 August 2004 at 9:49 AM