Thursday, March 01, 2007


Our Lady of Vilnius is Closed...

By now everyone knows this story ,its been thoroughly presented by the conventional media : the Archdiocese needs money and communities suffer the loss of their church and parish .
This church near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel ,Our Lady of Vilnius , is the one Lithuanian parish in Manhattan . The church is located in , I was told by an older parishioner , what was once the heart of a Lithuanian community until the community was mostly demolished to make way for the Holland Tunnel .
As St. Brigid's in my East Village community and several other smaller old churches in the Archdiocese , Our Lady Of Vilnius is slated to be demolished . The parish learned of this just a very short time before these pictures were taken . They were locked out of their church by the Archdiocese without notice and insurance money that was to be used to repair the roof of the church ,the parishioners have been told , will be used to help pay for demolishing their church .
Here there is not much more that is significant that I can say other than that the real story is to be read in these parishioners faces .

Bob, it is truly sad that the City of New York allows the demolition of a historical church that belonged to the community that it once welcomed.
Every day I scan the blogosphere for proof of the existence of Our Lady of Vilnius. Thank you for the pictures and the kind words that help keep this important place alive. I, for one, am fighting and praying that the Cardinal and Archdiocese recognize the value of this place and the folly of their actions. I want to see this place live again, not recede into a memory.
Bob, thanks for leaving your East side beat to document this for us. We will be gathering outside the church at 7:00 PM on Friday, February 26 (2010) to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of being locked out. Feel free to join us. Maybe we should process cross town to help Ray!
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