The Archdiocese did not wait for the matter of the merger to be resolved. They simply went to civil court to merge the church corporations without the knowledge of the parishioners of Our Lady of Peace. They used the same trustees for both church corporations to consent to the civil merger in June 2016.
In August 2014, most parishioners first learned that the Archdiocese recommended merging Our Lady of Peace into St. Vincent Ferrer. Friends of Our Lady of Peace Church disagreed with this for reasons cited (click Petition next to Overview above), including solvency of the church, landmarked status, community outreach, and neighborhood value. On Nov. 2, Cardinal Dolan sent a letter with his decision to merge the parish of Our Lady of Peace into St. John the Evangelist at the archdiocese headquarters on 55th Street and 1st Avenue.
People ask, what will happen to Our Lady of Peace Church if its parish is merged? A recent trend in New York City has seen many churches sold to redevelopers who convert their use, build, and sell residential units. The New York Landmarks Conservancy has described this growing trend as a crisis: "If a substantial number of Catholic churches are closed or redeveloped, all New York City neighborhoods and other denominations will be impacted."
We invite people of all denominations to sign below to preserve this church. Read Our Lady of Peace Church NYC blog and Friends of OLP Facebook page. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Keep comments dignified and respectful.
ITALIANI -PER NOSTRI AMICI IN ITALIA!
SALVA Our Lady of Peace (Madonna della Pace). chiesa fondata nel 1918 da immigrati italiani! L'Arcidiocesi di New York ha notificato 55 chiese che saranno uniti, come riportato dal New York Times. Fusione è il codice per l'eventuale chiusura!
Il 2 novembre, il cardinale Dolan ha pubblicato una lettera con la sua decisione di fondere la parrocchia in San Giovanni Evangelista presso la sede dell'arcidiocesi sulla 55th Street e 1st Avenue.
La gente chiede, cosa accadrà alla OUR LADY OF PEACE (Madonna della Pace) Chiesa se la sua parrocchia è fusa? Una tendenza recente a New York City ha visto molte chiese vendute ai costruttori che convertono il loro uso per vendere unità abitative.
Persone provenienti da tutto il mondo sono invitati a firmare qui sotto per preservare questa chiesa per le generazioni future. Per saperne - OUR LADY OF PEACE NYC BLOG (Madonna della Pace) e Amici della OUR LADY OF PEACE pagina Facebook. Si prega di tenere i commenti dignitoso e rispettoso. Grazie!
SAVE OUR LADY OF PEACE CHURCH, NEW YORK CITY
His Holiness, Pope Francis
00120 Vatican City
His Eminence Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect
Congregation for the Clergy
00120 Vatican City State
His Eminence Antonio Maria Cardinal Veglio', President
Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
00120 Vatican City State
His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan and
The Most Reverend Bishop John O'Hara
Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Avenue
New York, New York 10022
We, The Friends of Our Lady of Peace respectfully disagree with the Archdiocesan Advisory Council’s directive to consolidate Our Lady of Peace with St. John the Evangelist (replacing St. Vincent Ferrer) as part of the Making All Things New Initiative. We believe the Initiative’s overall goals are admirable, but this specific consolidation is neither in the best interest of our parish, nor the Diocese for the following reasons:
Our future is strong. We have a Parish Council to develop a strategic plan for initiatives to further strengthen and enlarge our community in keeping with the goals of the new evangelization. Most important, we’ve the resources to maintain these programs going forward. We acknowledge the Making All Things New guidelines that “... each situation will require its own solution to ensure that the faithful are being served...”
To sum up, in 1918, the early Italian immigrants sent a petition to Cardinal Hayes to ask permission to found a parish. They established the foundation upon which the church and parish are laid and from which so much has sprung... our present day Our Lady of Peace.
In 2014, the signatures of our parishioners and friends below ask you to reconsider and allow Our Lady of Peace to remain where it has stood for almost 100 years to continue its mission.