• Ogden church converted into drug, alcohol rehab center

    Ogden church converted into drug, alcohol rehab center

    • Oct 9, 2017

    When St. Mary’s parish in Odgen, Utah outgrew their church, they sold the building and moved to a larger church in the suburbs. Now the old church building is being used to help people again, this time as a drug rehab center.

  • Holy spirits? Closed churches find second life as breweries

    Holy spirits? Closed churches find second life as breweries

    • Oct 6, 2017

    As churches close due to dwindling congregations and parish mergers, some are being given new life: As breweries and brewpubs. With stained glass, brick walls and large sanctuaries ideal for holding vats and lots of drinkers, churches renovated into breweries attract beer lovers but can grate on the spiritual sensibilities of clergy and worshipers.

  • Why can’t weddings be held in a closed church?

    • Sep 28, 2015

    Q. I am having a hard time understanding why a Catholic church closed by a bishop can no longer be used for Masses, weddings, and funerals. For more than 100 years, this particular church — built by my great-great-grandparents — was considered sacred ground. Now my grandson wants to get

  • Members’ 11-year vigil defies plan to close church in Boston Archdiocese

    • Jul 10, 2015

    SCITUATE, Mass. — It was a bright Sunday morning at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, and the building’s stained glass windows cast a jewel-colored glow over the service. An elegant, 81-year-old woman led a few dozen congregants in Catholic prayer. A single flutist accompanied the hymns. But there was no

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  • Profane, but not sordid, and blessed by the Archdiocese of Boston

    • Jun 15, 2015

    Three years ago, Cardinal Sean O’Malley designated the Holy Trinity Church in the South End of Boston for secular purposes — in official Church language, “for profane but not sordid use.” That decree triggered a $7 million sale of the building to developers and a plan — just approved by

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  • What Jesus would — and Cardinal O’Malley should — do

    • Jun 10, 2015

    Here’s the storybook ending. Today Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, stuns all, backs down, and lets parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini Parish in Scituate, Mass., keep the church he’s shut down and wants to unload — but which parishioners have battled to keep open. For 11 years. Around-the-clock. Seven

  • What Jesus would — and Cardinal O'Malley should — do

    • Jun 10, 2015

    Here’s the storybook ending. Today Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, stuns all, backs down, and lets parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini Parish in Scituate, Mass., keep the church he’s shut down and wants to unload — but which parishioners have battled to keep open. For 11 years. Around-the-clock. Seven

  • Fate of Massachusetts Catholic church to be determined at trial

    • Mar 30, 2015

    A 10-year-long standoff between dozens of parishioners of a Scituate Catholic church and the Archdiocese of Boston appears to be heading for a trial, with both sides expected to assert that they are the rightful owners of the church. The Boston Archdiocese officially closed St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in

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