A thirty story apartment tower is currently proposed for the Nye's property. The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes is strongly opposed to this development for several reasons, including the negative impact that construction would have on our historic and iconic church. This development is moving ahead at warp speed without due and prudent consideration for the interests of the neighborhood, including the community of Our Lady of Lourdes. The proposed development at the Nye's site violates the neighborhood plan, obliterates the zoning code, and runs afoul of the clear guidelines for the historic district in which Lourdes and Nye's are located. It is time for parishioners and friends of Our Lady of Lourdes to come together to protect our historic church, faith community, and our neighborhood. We will gather on the Feast of St. Joseph, Protector of the Church, to celebrate our community, to share important information, to listen to you, and to raise funds for the protection of our Precious Jewel.
5:30PM Evening Prayer
5:50PM Organ Recital by Christopher Ganza
6:30PM Reception in the Great Hall
Heavy Hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and other beverages
7:30PM Presentation and Question and Answer
Loving our Brothers and Sisters with Vincent and Ignatius as our Guides
March 21, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
What does it mean to be the love of God in the world? How do we respond to the command to love one another as God loves us?
Whatever our faith tradition, we can gather great guidance in answering such questions from two of the great Christian spiritual mentors and the traditions they founded: St. Vincent de Paul, the “Great Apostle of Charity” who founded the Vincentians, and St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose motto was “in all things, to love and to serve” and who was the founder of the Jesuits.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community has been a vital part of the original St. Anthony Village and later this first neighborhood of Minneapolis since 1877. The historic church of which we are most proud dates back even further, to the year 1857 when it was completed by the Universalist Society. Twenty years later it was purchased by the French Canadian Catholic Community who sought their own worship space. Their descendants worship here today, among parishioners and friends from all walks of life, all ethnicities, and from every part of the Twin Cities. Our historic church is the oldest continually used church in Minneapolis and our parish was the first in the United States to be named for the Lourdes Apparition. In 1934, the Department of Interior recognized “the exceptional historic and architectural importance” of our church, declaring it a national historic landmark. Our Lady of Lourdes is indeed a “precious jewel” not only for our community, but also for our neighborhood and the city of Minneapolis.
Last spring, Bishop Piché invited local pastors to a luncheon at St. Boniface to discuss ideas and options related to the St. Boniface Catholic Community located at 629 2nd Street, Northeast Minneapolis. Bishop Piché is currently serving as the Canonical Administrator of St. Boniface as the parish has been without a resident pastor for over a year. While St. Boniface has a strong tradition and is made up of committed and active Catholics, the reality is that St. Boniface parish membership and collections have dipped as of late. In late spring of last year, the trustees of St. Boniface and parish leadership of Our Lady of Lourdes met to discuss what a collaboration of the two parishes might look like. From the perspective of Our Lady of Lourdes, it was clear that we were not interested in an open ended cluster of the parishes. A cluster, as opposed to a merger, is where each parishes retains its own identity, councils, and trustees but share pastoral leadership and staff. My time and energy, as well as that of Deacon Winninger, is already diffused across various ministries, assignments, and commitments. It would not be fair to parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes to enter into a cluster where Deacon Thom and I would be further pulled away from Our Lady of Lourdes.
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