Supressed Parishes Including Lowell’s Ste. Jeanne d’Arc Church Entreat the Pope

The head of the Council of Parishes that represents the nine supressed parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston has presented an appeal directly to the Pope asking for a reversal of Vatican approval of these closures. In an unusual – even historic move – according to a Council press release:

Peter Borre, the head of the Council of Parishes, which represents nine of the suppressed parishes, hand-delivered “a direct appeal to His Holiness Pope Benedict … to the Vatican’s Secretariat of State for the Rev. Mons. Peter Wells, Counselor for General Affairs” today in Rome.

In commenting on the action, Terrence Donilon, spokeman for the Archdiocese noted:

“We have not had an opportunity to review the full submission by the Council of Parishes…  However, the appeals process, just concluded, was a lengthy and thorough effort which included participation by the highest court in the Vatican, the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

“When the Signatura makes a ruling it does so in the name of the Holy Father,” said Donilon. “There are no further appeals options available to the petitioners.”


Among the nine supressed parishes involved in the appeal is that of  Ste. Jeanne d’Arc Church in Lowell – established on December 30,1922, by William Cardinal O’Connell and staffed by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate until the 2004 suppression. Stay tuned as this latest attempt to keep these parishes open plays out.

Read the full story here in the MetroWest Daily News on-line.

One Response to Supressed Parishes Including Lowell’s Ste. Jeanne d’Arc Church Entreat the Pope

  1. Prince Charming says:

    I can see the day, in the not too distant future that there will be one “Lowell” parish, with 5 or so churches, staffed by 4 or 5 priests and one business manager. The priests will live in one house. First Communions and Confirmations will be held once a year. Eventually, there will be one “Lowell Catholic Elementary School”, similar to the high school they have now. The children who will be served by this system aren’t even born yet. The church in Boston, funded by those who lived in the big cities has now turned its back on those benefactors’ children and grandchildren. “Let’s donate a window, it’ll be here forever.” Now, it’s in Dracut.