The leader of the Archdiocese of Boston has allowed for the sale of six churches including ones in East Boston, Quincy and Revere.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Boston, Star of the Sea in Quincy and Our Lady of Lourdes in Revere will cease to be churches and will likely be sold.
Other churches being shuttered and sold are St. Jeanne D’Arc in Lowell, St. Francis Xavier Cabrini in Scituate and St. James the Great in Wellesley.
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley announced that the churches would be “relegated to profane use” today.
Relegating the churches means it will no longer be used for Catholic worship, any remaining sacred items will be removed and the building can be sold for use in an “appropriate and dignified manner.”
The funds from a sale will be used for direct support of parishes in the Archdiocese.
The move comes months after O’Malley solicited input from Catholics about the future of the churches.
“What I have heard from these consultations is that we have reached a point as a community of believers where we must relegate these Church buildings as part of the continuing healing and rebuilding of the Archdiocese,” O’Malley said in a statement.