A Home. This is the answer to the question that we are most often asked, “What does a canceled priest need?” Simply, A home. A dwelling. Where a man can feel safe living out his vocation as a holy and faithful priest.
While the case of each canceled priest is unique, there is a pattern that all cases share. Usually, when a priest is canceled, he is notified that he must vacate his rectory immediately.
While some have family or friends who can take them in, many priests have nowhere to turn. In short order, the priest discovers his pay cut or eliminated, and he is turned out of his rectory where he calls home. While many faithful Catholics open their homes to canceled priests this is not a long-term solution.
At the beginning of this year the Coalition for Canceled Priests did not have the intention to purchase property… but through Divine Providence an opportunity arose to answer that most asked question, “What does a canceled priest need?”
In northwest Indiana, in the town of Cedar Lake, the Coalition for Canceled Priests was made aware of a closed Franciscan friary dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. After touring the facility, we came to see the Lourdes Friary just might be the answer to that question and an answer to prayer.
Sixty-one acres of woods, fields, and ponds including three grottos and a house, with a chapel, that can house several priests. There’s even enough space to double as a retreat center for priests, religious, and the laity.
This home will give canceled priests a safe place to live as they appeal their cancelation to Rome, which usually takes years. Simply, it would allow them to grow in their vocation while living with brother priests.
Priests are called to live in fraternity, not alone or with friends and family. It’s an important aspect in ensuring a priest can grow in holiness as he brings the Sacraments to the faithful.
Will you help us make this beautiful property, once again, a place of prayer and pilgrimage? Will you help us restore the grottos, the Stations of the Cross, and the Rosary walk? Will you help us give a home to priests who need it and a spiritual oasis for active priests and faithful Catholics from this cruel world?
Thank you and God Bless!