Legionaries of Christ Plan To Sell Thornwood – Their Massive New York Formation Center
The Legionaries of Christ will be selling their Thornwood Property in Westchester, New York, according to an article written by Tom Gallagher in The National Catholic Reporter
According to the article, Fr. Luis Garza the North American Director has said the sale is a result of financial strain and fallout from the revelations about the LC founder, which Fr. Garza claims was a shock to them all. He also mentioned that the global recession has affected many of the benefactors.
Thornwood was used as a formation house for the Legionary priests since 1996.
The article also mentions a decrease in vocations in the consecrated life.
According to another article in the Daily Mount Pleasant, there are currently 72 men studying for the priesthood at the 262 acre site and they will be moved to study in Rome once the building has been closed.
A copy of Fr. Garza’s letter to the Legionary priests and consecrated men and women may be seen here.
According to life-after-rc the pre-candidacy in Wakefield, RI (Immaculate Conception Academy) is moving to Oxford, MI and the girls will be attending school in Michigan in the fall. There is a rumor that the house–the old Cross and Passion convent–will be sold but this has not yet been substantiated.
Father Garza continues to claim that the founder’s life came as a shock to all of them (Legionary leaders). Although there is some truth in this statement, it seems deceptive considering that there is insurmountable evidence that they continued the charade about the founder being a saint for years after they were well aware that he was anything but.
On life-after-rc there is an unconfirmed rumor that the pre-candidacy in Wakefield, RI (Immaculate Conception Academy) is moving to Oxford, MI and that the house–the old Cross and Passion convent–will be sold. AnonObserv, one of the commenters suggests that some of the property sales may be motivated by a cash grab before the likely separation between the Legion and Regnum Christi.
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