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Our Lady of Vilnius Church, built by families of immigrant Lithuanian longshoremen, started out a century ago as a beloved worship space. Now, it's a coveted real estate asset.
In 2013, six years after the church was closed, it was sold for $13 million to one of the city's biggest developers. The following year, that company flipped it like a pancake to another developer for $18.4 million.
Now the yellow brick church near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel awaits demolition to make way for an 18-story luxury apartment house.
The New York archdiocese is on the verge of disclosing which of its 368 parishes will be closed or merged, after a lengthy review that started 2010. The changes were supposed be announced in September, but since the cardinal was going to be in Rome for most of October attending the synod on the family, the archdiocese pushed back the timing of the announcement.
Pope Francis has appointed three priests of the New York archdiocese to be auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese.
They are Msgr. John Jenik, 70, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Parish in the Bronx and vicar for Northwest Bronx; Fr. John O'Hara, 68, vicar for planning; and Fr. Peter Byrne, 62, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church in New York City.
The appointments were announced Saturday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The three men will be ordained as bishops Aug. 4 at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The Archdiocese of New York is moving to large-scale parish closings, according to a story in Capital.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., and named Msgr. Edward Scharfenberger, a priest of the diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., to succeed him.
The pope also appointed Msgr. Andrzej Zglejszewski as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., where he is currently co-chancellor and director of the Office of Worship.
The appointments and Hubbard's resignation were announced Tuesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Grace on the Margins: Members of the New York Metro chapter of Call to Action learned about their rights and responsibilities when facing a parish merger or closure.