Philadelphia Archdiocese puts shuttered Lehigh Valley seminary up for sale
Archdiocese, owner of Mary Immaculate Center since 1996, needs the money.
The archdiocese on Monday added the 452-acre property in Lehigh Township to two others it plans to sell to nurse a $6 million budget deficit. Also on the block is Villa St. Joseph by the Sea in Ventnor, N.J., a shorefront property that has served as the summer vacation home for retired priests since 1963, and a former convent and parking lot at 18th and Vine streets in Philadelphia.
“It’s so beautiful,” Trexler said of the Mary Immaculate Center. Since the property sat vacant, “we were like watch dogs. We watched the place.”
In a prepared statement, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said: “Holding on to these properties at this time would be inconsistent with the mission of our Church.”
Funds raised from their sale will not be used to pay for the archdiocese’s legal bills from the latest grand jury investigation into clergy sex abuse and the criminal prosecution of Monsignor William J. Lynn, spokeswoman Donna Farrell said.
Those were the days.