Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is one of top seven most endangered historic resources in Massachusetts [according to Preservation Massachusetts]. It’s make-safe work, as ordered by city building inspectors, was completed months ago. Why wouldn’t the Diocese allow our certified engineer in to assess the interior?
While parishioners feel the closing and the merger were unjust, and are engaged in appeals and due process of Canon Law yet to be fulfilled and concluded, the Church leadership is prohibited from selling the Church or from removing fixtures from it, until these proceedings are concluded.
The Rev. Monsignor F. Stephen Pedone has insisted the highway has caused, and continues to cause, damages to the building. Why then is he not seeking restitution from the state? Why hasn’t he sought to recoup damages from the insurance coverage or from workers who did initial repairs?
Isn’t that the fiduciary responsibility of the sole corporate owners?
The Church leadership’s determination to sell and demolish this historic architectural gem will be an irreplaceable loss to the city’s aesthetic, and to the East Side community. Their refusal to work with parishioners to save the parish is seen as an affront to parish donors who have invested throughout the years to maintain their church, to the Italian community, and to Worcester’s cultural and historical identity.
The Historical Commission has declared an abandoned Baptist church on Summer Street an historic site, however, in contrast. Isn’t it extremely prejudiced, discriminatory and hypocritical to not declare Mount Carmel (the Italian Church), a living and vital primary historic artifact, as a registered historic site?
Mount Carmel preservationists intend to pursue all avenues and resources available to us to save the church, working through Canon and other legal means that may apply.
President, Mount Carmel Preservation Society