Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish:
I am happy to report the good news that our convent, presently vacant, will be leased to the Archdiocese of Newark – Catechetical Office for two years to house five graduate student interns from the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life – Echo Program.
The interns are being prepared to be the next generation of lay parish leaders to serve the Church. They will serve at Archdiocesan parishes in proximity to our parish. The interns will plan on arriving August 1, 2020.
The lease proceeds will allow us to retain all costs for maintaining the building during the two years. Unfortunately, the remainder of the funds will be retained by the Archdiocese and applied against the significant debt the parish owes to the Archdiocese of Newark.
If you have any questions or wish more information on the Echo Program, please see their web site: mcgrath.nd.edu/echo or contact me at any time. I have met a number of the interns at various parishes and they are wonderful young people filled with faith and hope in the future of the Catholic Church.
Monsignor Christopher J. Hynes