Thursday, October 24, 2013

Jesuits selling Manresa retreat house on Staten Island

From the incorrectly named National Catholic [sic] Reporter:

"Manresa's highest hills offer unparalleled views of New York Harbor, including the Statue of Liberty and the new One World Trade Center building.

With such stunning beauty and breathtaking vistas, there is little wonder that the New York Province of the Society of Jesus managed to sell all 15 acres for more than $15 million cash to a Staten Island-based development company called Savo Brothers.

The sale took place secretly just months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of the coastline near Manresa. The Jesuits did not notify local residents or the community board of the purchase and only revealed the name of the buyer in May in a joint press release with Savo Brothers."

The Jesuits are also selling Inisfada retreat house here on Long Island, while the Passionists have sold their St. Gabriel retreat house on Shelter Island.  The Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn sold their retreat house right across from the arboretum years ago.  This is all part of the downsizing of religious communities and the Church in the Northeast. 

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