Orange diocese expects to sell pastoral center to help cover expenses of Crystal Cathedral acquisition
The Diocese of Orange will likely sell its Marywood Pastoral Center to help cover the costs of acquiring the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, the March edition of the diocesan newspaper Orange County Catholic reports.
“It is anticipated that the Marywood property that currently serves as the diocesan headquarters will be sold,” reported Orange County Catholic. “The funds from this sale of Marywood Pastoral Center will be applied to the purchase of the Crystal Cathedral campus. The Diocese of Orange is planning to centralize its operations and ministries to the Cathedral campus and all diocesan offices will be relocated to Garden Grove in the future.”
Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 after it was unable to pay more than $50 million owed to its creditors. On Nov. 18, 2011 a federal bankruptcy judge selected the Diocese of Orange’s $57.5 million bid for the cathedral and its accompanying 30.9-acre campus. The Crystal Cathedral will be converted to use as the new diocesan cathedral, which will add even more to the costs of its acquisition.
Marywood Pastoral Center in Orange is situated on the site of an old Catholic high school purchased by the diocese in 1979. In addition to the administrative offices of the bishop, it includes a chapel, a library, a cafeteria, an auditorium, a gym, conference rooms, and six classrooms.
Still uncertain, according to Orange County Catholic, is the fate of a nearly 15-acre tract of land at Christ Our Savior Cathedral Parish in Santa Ana, which had been designated as the site for a new diocesan cathedral and chancery until the Crystal Cathedral was purchased.
“While the parish in the South Coast Metro area of Santa Ana will no longer be the site of our new cathedral, there is still a need for a large parish church,” said the Orange County Catholicstory. “Decisions regarding the parcel of land will be made by the pastor and finance council of the parish in consultation with Bishop Brown and other diocesan leaders.”
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