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A New Venture for Hispanic Apostolate
November 20, 2020
Dear Brothers Priests, Pastoral Administrators and Deacons:
For some years now, the Hispanic community has moved about from parish to parish without a stable base or center for operations. The Hispanic Apostolate currently rents office space in a Traverse City strip mall, and a Sunday evening Mass in Spanish is offered at Immaculate Conception Church in Traverse City. Given the growth of the Hispanic community in the area, it is important to have available a suitable, stable place of worship for the many Catholic members and to serve as a base in assisting the many members of the Hispanic community (migrants and others) in the area.
I have consulted with and received the agreement and consent of the Diocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors, and I am moving forward with the purchase of a small church and property at 9105 E. Fouch Road, Traverse City to be used by the Hispanic community for worship, education, office space and other activities. It will provide a focal point and base for this underserved Catholic population. I have asked the community to recommend the name to be used for the chapel/facility. Two options are Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego Chapel.
The property consists of a small church, a lower level social area and offices, a parking lot and 5.5 acres of property. The purchase price for the building and property was $273,000 (well below the appraised value) and is being funded with a non-interest bearing loan from the diocese. Those willing and able to support and assist with the funding are welcome to contribute to this important project. Donations may be designated for the chapel, and sent to the Diocese of Gaylord (611 West North Street, Gaylord, 49735).
While much more needs to be done to build up our service to the Hispanic Catholic Community in the diocese, this chapel and center represent a step forward.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley