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From sacred to profane

Vatican denies appeal of Mount Carmel merger; sale of closed Worcester church now possible

By Mark Sullivan

Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER - Rome has spoken, and the decision deals a blow to those trying to save the landmark Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

A Vatican office has denied a preservation group’s appeal of Worcester Bishop Robert McManus’ decision to merge Our Lady Of Mount Carmel and sister church Our Lady of Loreto into one parish.

Subsequently, the bishop has decreed that the closed Mount Carmel Church building on Mulberry Street be deconsecrated and reduced to “profane” or nonreligious use. This gives the go-ahead for the


A Vatican decision has opened the door to sale of Mount Carmel Church property on Mulberry Street in Worcester. [PHOTOS/ MATT WRIGHT]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Mulberry Street in Worcester has been closed since May 2016. Below, a cross removed from display at the church.

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