Archdiocese of Philadelphia to sell six nursing homes

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Rikard Larma/METRO
Archbishop Charles Chaput said the church is facing a “difficult financial situation.” Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is once again taking offers.

On Tuesday it announced plans to sell off six of its nursing homes and lease 11 cemeteries as well as two pieces of land that could also be used for burials, according to a news release. The archdiocese also plans to outsource the cemeteries’ management.

“Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones,” Archbishop Charles Chaput said in a statement. “I understand this fact fully, but it is of critical importance that we rebuild our financial foundation so that we can continue our collective good works.”

The Archdiocese lost $39.2 million for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2012, while hundreds of millions still haunts its future balance sheets.

In its attempts to remedy such a massive problem, the archdiocese has sold property, land and real estate; handed high schools over to nonprofits; and cut costs. “None of the decisions I have made about our finances thus far were made lightly,” Chaput said in the statement. “They have all come after much careful discernment and prayer as well as significant discussion and consultation. In the end, any final decisions about our nursing homes and cemeteries will be mine. They’ll be made with full and due consideration to the mission of our local Church and all those who would be affected.”

The following is a list of the facilities being marketed for potential sale:

Immaculate Mary Home, Philadelphia
Villa Saint Martha, Downingtown (Chester County)
Saint Francis Country House, Darby (Delaware County)
Saint John Neumann Home, Philadelphia
Saint Martha Manor, Downingtown (Chester County)
Saint Mary Manor, Lansdale (Montgomery County)
Saint Monica Manor, Philadelphia

The following is a list of cemeteries that would be affected by a potential outsourced management agreement:

All Souls Cemetery, Coatesville (Chester County)
Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken (Montgomery County)
Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia
New Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia
Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon (Delaware County)
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Philadelphia
Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery, Linwood (Delaware County)
Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem (Bucks County)
Saint John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont (Bucks County)
Saint Michael Cemetery, Chester (Delaware County)
Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield (Delaware County)

Additionally, All Saints Cemetery, Newtown (Bucks County) and Holy Savior Cemetery, Penn Township (Bucks County) are not currently active cemeteries, but sites designated for future use. They would also be affected.


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