A Home for Our Canceled Priests

The goal of this project is to find a home for Canceled Holy Priests with the purchase of the property known historically as the Franciscan Lourdes friary in Cedar Lake Indiana. We are currently under contract! This means we must do thorough inspections and secure the funding in order to close by August 23, 2022 [updated date]. Please help us raise the $2.1 million necessary to purchase this religious gem.

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This location will become a home for canceled holy priests who seek to live in community until they can return to active ministry.

Canceled and abandoned priests, especially if living independently, need a place of retreat to recharge spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

The property will be available for Catholic religious and Catholic laity.

Plus, the land will be preserved and accessible for the community for generations to come, and easily accessible for visitors from far away.

The Coalition for Canceled Priests (CFCP) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with a vision to build a self-sustaining management model for this property. We’ll harness local time and talent to ensure proper restoration, development, and maintenance of this beautiful Catholic Property.

Donations by check should be made out to “Coalition for Canceled Priests” and mailed to PO Box 208, Flossmoor, IL 60422. Please write “Property” in the memo.

Not only are your financial contributions necessary, but in-kind contributions are needed too. If you feel called to learn more about ways to contribute non-monetarily, please email us at [email protected]

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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!

Features of the Property

  • Contract Price: $2,100,000
  • Assessed Value: $4,300,000
  • Year Built: 1940
  • Property Size: 61.4 Acres

  • Building Size: 25,416 sq ft
  • Height: 3 stories
  • Total # of room: 36
  • Total Bedrooms: 25
  • Total Full Baths: 18

  • Total ½ Baths: 2
  • Wetlands: 5 (2.88 acres)

  • Ponds: 3

  • Garage: 1 (2 cars)

  • Carport: 1 (6 cars)

  • Facility Shed: 1

  • Hermitage: 1

  • Parking Lot: 1

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Would you please join us in prayer?

The cancel culture in The Church is real, so let’s remember to pray for the holy priests, bishops, and religious who have fallen victim to it. The least we can do is provide them a viable option for housing.

Join our GoPrayForMe campaign to make this initiative happen.

Advertising

CFCP has created a commercial that can be used in radio and podcasts. We’d like to have it reach all corners of the Earth to help raise awareness and funds in support of a home for canceled priests. If you are called to help sponsor this on your favorite local radio station (Catholic or Secular) or favorite podcast, please complete this form.

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In The Media

We welcome all forms of media in helping spread the updates of this project undertaken by the Coalition for Canceled Priests. For all media inquiries, please email [email protected]

Stages of the Restoration

The timing of these phases all depends on the level of support that we receive. Therefore, we ask you to consider donating of your time, talent, and treasure as we restore this magnificent property.

If you’d like to learn more about what is needed apart from money, please email us at [email protected].
Thank you and God Bless you.

  • Due Diligence: Ensuring the structures and property are in the proper condition as part of the contract with the buyer. Estimated cost: $20,000.

  • Secure the funding for the property: Raising the $2.1 million by June 30, 2022 to meet the contract deadline.

  • Spiritual Restoration: Once the property is purchased, we seek to immediately restore the grottos, replace the statues, and restore the chapel. Estimated Cost: $300k

  • Renovation of the main building: Though we plan on completing the most important renovation first (the chapel) we secondly seek to transform the entire building into living and retreat space for priests and religious. Estimated Cost: $1.5 million

  • Beautification and Preservation of Creation: We seek to create a space that is welcoming to people and animals, ensuring the grounds are properly preserved and maintained. Maybe it means creating new walking paths, a pier for canoeing, building a vegetable garden, or installing bat houses for the endangered species of bats. The opportunities are endless with such a beautiful outdoor canvass. Needless to say, we will make sure we are proper stewards of the grounds: Estimated cost: $100,000

  • Rebuilding of the hermitages: In a time when quiet time is needed for so many people, we hope to rebuild 2 hermitages (as a start) for priests, religious, and laity to retreat to for short or long periods of time. The need for these types of retreats shouldn’t be understated. Estimated Cost: $80,000

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Restoration of Outdoor Faith Space

Preserving the beauty of this property begins and ends with the restoration of The Sacred. From the restoration of the grottos to the resumption of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, The CFCP will work diligently to make this property a Catholic experience for all who live at and visit it.

Below you’ll see a sampling of photos showing the current state of the outdoor religious features.

Chapel Restoration

The chapel at the Lourdes Friary was a go-to place for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for many in the area for generations past. As we seek to restore the Sacred in all our efforts, The Coalition for Canceled Priests seeks to not only restore the chapel but create one of the most beautiful chapels in all of Northwest Indiana. In short order the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will resume on this site. Below you’ll see a sampling of photos showing the current state of the chapel and sacristy.

Building Renovation

The primary building on this property has been a dwelling for generations. Historically, it served as the retreat house for the friars. For the last decade, since the main building was removed, it served as the place of dwelling for the friars only. It is structurally very sound, but the 3-story building’s interior definitely needs a renovation to make this a home again for priests. The pictures below show the current state of the interior of the building.

Preservation of Creation

This land will be a sanctuary for the threatened and endangered species of bats found on this property. Furthermore, the trees, water, and vegetation will not only be preserved but enhanced for the wildlife to flourish and the community to enjoy. From the pictures below, you’ll see the land and water has been maintained relatively well.

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