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Carmelita Bello and Jane Pastore discuss the efforts of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society with WCCA’s Konnie Lukes on “Coffee with Konnie.”

August 2017

Mount Carmel preservation group in Worcester joins fight to save Notre Dame Church
Worcester Magazine: Walter Bird, Jr.

The group fighting to keep Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Worcester from being sold and demolished is standing firmly with those hoping to prevent Notre Dame des Canadiens Church from being razed to make way for a mixed-use development on the site.

July 2017

Procession from closed Mount Carmel church marks Our Lady’s Feast
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Mark Sullivan

“Carrying a borrowed statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and waving Italian and American flags, longtime parishioners of the closed Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church staged a procession down Shrewsbury Street on Sunday to mark the feast day of their patron saint.”

June 2017

Appeal to Vatican puts sale of Mount Carmel on hold
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Mark Sullivan

“The Catholic Church, the saying goes, thinks in centuries.  So while parish leadership proposes to sell the historic Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, the landmark Italian-American church on Mulberry Street that has been closed and had been facing the wrecking ball, appeals to the Vatican may postpone the church’s fate indefinitely – possibly for years.”

Mount Carmel Church going on the market
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Mark Sullivan

“A ‘for sale’ sign soon will go up on the historic Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and its campus off Shrewsbury Street. ‘We are actively looking at marketing the property,’ Monsignor F. Stephen Pedone, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish at Our Lady of Loreto Church, said this week. Monsignor Pedone said the parish had scheduled interviews this week with two commercial real estate firms, Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates and NAI Glickman Kovago & Jacobs, about listing the property.”

May 2017

Updated: No voting at Mount Carmel Rec Center for Worcester elections
Worcester Magazine: Walter Bird Jr.

“Voters in Ward 4, precincts 1 and 2 will most likely be voting somewhere else in the upcoming September and November city elections. According to Assistant City Clerk Niko Vangjeli, the Mount Carmel Recreation Center, 53 Central St, will not be available for use. Vangjeli said Monsignor Stephen Pedone gave him the news as Vangjeli’s office was calling different polling locations to remind them of the upcoming elections.”

April 2017

As Mount Carmel Church awaits fate, frieze lies in parking lot
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Mark Sullivan

“For the faithful of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, it is a crowning indignity. A sculpted relief of Our Lady of Mount Carmel that once graced the pediment of the historic church on Mulberry Street has lain in the parking lot, through snow and rain, since it was removed from the church a year ago.”

Mount Carmel preservationists building momentum before church closure anniversary
Worcester Magazine: Tom Quinn

“As the May 1 anniversary of the closing of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Mulberry Street draws closer, the grassroots preservationist group that has been pushing to save the historic structure is working to build momentum. To that end, the Mount Carmel Preservation Society held a short speaking program in the church parking lot to spread the message of their mission – with a strong undercurrent of bitterness toward the Catholic Diocese of Worcester, which they said has stopped negotiating with them.”

Efforts persist to save Mount Carmel Church
Worcester Magazine: Tom Quinn

“The Mount Carmel Preservation Society could be forgiven for recoiling at setbacks in their plan to save the historic Italian-American church. But rather than throwing in the towel, MPS and their allies are expanding the scope of their preservation efforts, scoring a feature in the religiously-minded Regina Magazine this week and holding fundraisers to pay for legal remedies and other efforts.”

Massachusetts Parishioners Fighting to Save Historic Church
Church Militant

“Catholics in Worcester, Massachusetts are fighting to keep the doors of their beloved church open.  It was a Sunday in April 2016, and the parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel were gathered to celebrate First Holy Communion. Parishioners learned that this First Holy Communion, the 111th celebration of the sacrament in that building, would be the last. The very next day, May 1, parishioners arrived to find the doors of their church chained shut. So began the Mount Carmel Preservation Society (MCPS), created to defend the parish in the face of the diocese and parish priest’s plans to demolish it.”

At vigil, Mount Carmel faithful pray church will rise again
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Mark Sullivan

“Parishioners hoping to save Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church from the wrecking ball are praying for a miracle this Easter season.  Opponents of the planned demolition of the historic Italian Catholic church held a prayer vigil Thursday in front of the shuttered landmark.”

Have we learned anything from the closing of Our Lady of Mount Carmel?
Worcester Sun: Raymond V. Mariano

“By now, most people in our area know the story of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. After a half-century of residing next to Interstate 290 and its heavy traffic, the church began to fall apart. So church leaders made the decision to close the parish and merge with Our Lady of Loreto Church on Grafton Hill. The ensuing fight between some parishioners, pastor Monsignor Stephen Pedone, and Bishop Robert McManus has been a public mess.”

February 2017

Mount Carmel Preservation Society exploring next steps
Worcester Magazine: Tom Quinn

“The Mount Carmel Preservation Society has not given up after losing a Historical Commission vote last month, filing an appeal to a church merger that signals the Catholic Diocese of Worcester is moving on from the historic church and requesting input on a committee to determine next steps for the building.”

January 2017

Historical Commission kills historic district study for Mount Carmel
Worcester Magazine: Tom Quinn

“In a 2-3 vote, the Worcester Historical Commission ended an effort by a grassroots preservationist group to have Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the surrounding campus declared a historic district. The Catholic Diocese of Worcester closed the church in May 2016 and had been dealing with the Mount Carmel Preservation Society since that point, arguing that saving the Mulberry Street structure was not realistic.”

City Council shows support for Mount Carmel preservationists
Worcester Magazine: Tom Quinn

“The City Council has given the Mount Carmel Preservation Society “leverage” in their negotiations with the Catholic Diocese of Worcester, voting, 9-2, to recommend a petition that the Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s campus be made a historic district to the Historical Commission to initiate the official process of putting regulations on the area.”

Mount Carmel preservation group still pushing historic district despite Diocese’s wishes
Worcester Magazine: Tom Quinn

“The Mount Carmel Preservation Society will continue to push for the church’s campus to be designated as a historic district, weeks after the Catholic Diocese of Worcester said they would be willing to delay demolition and talk about selling land to developers to raise money to save the building – promises contingent on the land not being designated a historic district.”

December 2016

Diocese exploring land sale for Mount Carmel preservation
Worcester Magazine: Tom Quinn

“There’s no ‘angel from Heaven with a bag of cash,’ as Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s pastor put it, but there is one potential savior in the push to save the damaged Catholic church – the Worcester Business Development Corporation, which has been in contact with the Diocese of Worcester about selling some of the land around the church to fund renovation or replacement of the historic Italian-American building.”

Worcester council delays action on Mount Carmel church historic district

“Bishop Robert J. McManus has offered to delay demolition of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church until January 2018, to allow more time to explore ways to preserve the church. But such a delay is contingent upon the City Council and the Historical Commission not going forward with a proposal to create a local historic district for the church’s Mulberry Street campus, the Rev. Richard Reidy, vicar general of the Diocese of Worcester, told the City Council Tuesday night.”

November 2016

Worcester eyes historic district to save Our Lady of Mount Carmel church

“In an effort to spare Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church from a date with the wrecking ball, a City Council committee has recommended creating a local historic district that would include the Mulberry Street church building, its rectory and the Joe DiMaggio Little League Field behind it.  The three-member Municipal Operations Committee unanimously endorsed the recommendation Tuesday night, and it will go to the full City Council next. City Solicitor David M. Moore said the council vote is a needed first step to create a local historic district.”

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