A reader writes

I live down the street from the magnificent Mary Immaculate Center in Northampton PA. It’s slated to be closed (and probably sold) by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sometime soon. I wonder if you could use your public forum to ask if there are any Catholic organizations in the market for a large facility like this one. The forwarded message below gives the details.

Dear Friends and Family,

I was informed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this week that they intend to close Mary Immaculate Center after July 24, 2009 – just five weeks from now! Everyone is stunned. MIC has become a financial burden on the Archdiocese, it is located outside the territorial boundaries of the Archdiocese, and it is no longer fulfilling the purpose for which it was purchased (Spirituality Year for Seminarians). While I lament this action, it is understandable considering the current financial situation. I commend the Archdiocese for keeping MIC in operation for the past twenty years.

We are all hoping and praying for a good Catholic buyer for the property. It would be a crime to allow such a beautiful place to lie dormant and crumble. Those of you have have experienced MIC know what I mean. For the rest of you, I encourage you to make a visit to Northampton, PA or a virtual visit through the website.

Please pray also for our staff, two of whom live on the property. You can well imagine their grief and worry at this time.

Is this the time to form the Friends of Mary Immaculate Center Foundation? Let me know what you think. The thought of closing the center down is already breaking my heart.

In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,
Michael A. Six, Administrator

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