I belong to a merged parish of 5 churches in Jersey City, NJ. Recently, we were notified that one of the merged churches, St Boniface, may have to be sold. This happens to be just a few blocks from a bigger church that is part of the merged, and since our merged parish is having financial difficulties, it would seem logical that one of the two neighboring churches would be closed, and the smaller church, St Boniface was chosen… Many of us are very sad about this. Not only because it is an incredibly beautfiul church-- stunning architecture, elegant classical nteriors and also a beautiful collecition of antique Italian statues – but more so, because there is a small but active group of Hispanic people who do frequent this church, (though many of the same Hispanic community go to the neighboring bigger church.). This is the one church too in our area that has had daytime perpetual adoration and is a sanctuary for a few people (though unfortunately not enough people and they are thinking of closing down the adoration, even before it is officially up for salet). .
If the merged parish will have no choice but to sell this beautiful little church, we are just hoping that maybe a religious order can take over. Is there at a way to find a network that would connect us with religious orders who may be looking for a church and convent (available with this) that they can move into. This is right in a busy little city and yet is in a quiet enough neighborhood. We would rather have this happen than if this were to be sold to people who will turn this into condominiums. PLEASE HELP!
Love, in Jesus,