PHILADELPHIA — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia has sold three parcels of land for more than $56 million in order to shore up its finances.
Officials said Thursday the transactions involve about 700 acres. Most proceeds will go toward a parish trust fund. About $3.7 million will go to the priests’ pension fund.
A 200-acre tract in Delaware County had been home to church facilities serving dozens of men with disabilities. Those residents are being relocated to make way for commercial and residential development.
Officials say buyers’ plans are unclear for a 54-acre parcel in Chester County and a 454-acre lot in Northampton County that housed a defunct spiritual retreat.
The archdiocese revealed in July 2013 that it had an operating deficit of $39 million plus significant pension and insurance liabilities.