Father Thomas Higgins, Pastor of Holy Innocents parish in Juniata Park, announced that the sale of the former Mater Dolorosa School (4256 Paul Street) and adjacent parking lots to Power Through the Word Ministry had been completed on February 5th.
Photo from Google Maps
The group will use the building for worship, education and other services in support of their ministry.
Capuchin Franciscan Friars will use the property for their provincial postulancy program.
Father Thomas Higgins, Pastor of Holy Innocents Parish in Juniata Park, announced last Sunday that the former St. Joachim convent of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at Church and Penn Streets, had been sold to the Capuchins.
They will relocate the Padre Pio Friary from its present location in West Philadelphia to here in Frankford over the next few months as renovations to the building are accomplished.
Community concern about the future reuse of this building has been growing as it sat idle and was a target for vandalism. The likelihood that it might have become a recovery or boarding house was a possibility. The Capuchins are a good fit for the community and should be good neighbors. Welcome to Frankford, Brothers!
photo credit: St. Padre Pio via photopin (license)
For the feast of San Gennaro, Holy Innocents Church is sponsoring a bus trip on September 22nd. See the details below.