St. Therese Church appeal denied; property to be sold

September 22, 2010
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St. Therese Church on Broadway will be totally closed and shuttered and put up for sale according to the Vatican, which released news last week that a number of Massachusetts churchs where vigils have been held had finally been given a decision on their appeals.

The appeal to keep St. Therese open has run out.

It did not succeed.

What began in 2004, when the Boston Archdiocese closed it in 2004, has ended 7 years later.

There has been no heat or running water in the church since the boiler broke in 1984 and would have cost $50,000 to fix.

“It is sad news indeed that the battle has been lost,” said John Ricci, who in the early years of the vigil, had been one of the closed church’s most vocal advocates.

“All of us involved with the church always held out hope but now that hope is gone,” he added.

The various church buildings on the property have a total of about $2 million in valuation.

The Archdiocese has been paying taxes on a home situated on the property campus for the past five years.

Plans are incomplete right now.

It is assumed the church and its properties will be placed for sale in the coming months by the Archidocese.