Mayor Alex Morse Announces Mater Dolorosa Church Update Text Size

Mayor Morse, Bishop Rozanski agree to negotiate possible transfer of Mater Dolorosa Church
Diocese agrees to halt demolition while Mayor pauses single historic district consideration

“The Mater Dolorosa Church is an important piece of Holyoke history, and has great significance to the Polish community throughout the region. Last week, I reached out and met with Bishop Mitchell Rozanski and members of his team in an effort to reach an agreement to prevent the demolition of Mater Dolorosa. At the meeting, we agreed to negotiate a path forward and explore the transfer of the church to another entity. Such an agreement would allow another entity to take on the responsibility of preserving the building and addressing the public safety concerns of the Diocese.

My meeting with the Bishop was very productive and both sides see a path forward. In light of this and with respect to the ongoing negotiations with the Diocese, I have asked that the Local Historic District Commission pause its efforts to create a single building historic district. At the same time, the Diocese has agreed to halt the demolition and not to act on the permit that was issued to them this past Friday. I thank the Bishop for working with the city to find a solution that will benefit everyone involved, and ultimately benefit our city and our region. My office will continue to update the public as more information becomes available.”

Posted on October 30, 2017 by