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‘Bursting at the seams,’ Boston seminary buys back property, plans expansion

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 10/26/16

A reader in Boston sent this my way:

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, chairman of the Saint John’s Seminary board of trustees, recently announced that Monsignor James Moroney, rector, signed a purchase and sale agreement with Boston College to buy back more than 13,000 square feet of space within the 127 Lake St. building for the creation of new student rooms and administrative offices.

A press release from the seminary notes:

Having just opened its doors to the largest class in over 15 years of 98 resident seminarians (with an additional 36 non-residents as well), Saint John’s Seminary is now bursting at the seams with men from sixteen dioceses around New England and across the globe, six Institutes of Religious Life, and one Ecclesial movement. The oldest and largest seminary in the Northeast, and the sixth-largest nationwide, it is shepherded by Monsignor James P. Moroney, a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, and Saint John’s Seminary Rector since 2012. The Annex, located above the present kitchen and Refectory, is comprised of three floors and was previously used for student and faculty living quarters. Sold to Boston College in the early 2000’s as part of a larger real estate deal, this space has now been recovered, and will be fully renovated over the next few years to accommodate the institution’s rapid and inspiring growth.
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