Facing deficits, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today plans to sell four properties, including Villa Saint Joseph by the Sea in Ventnor, N.J.
An additional announcement about the summer home for retired priests will be made Tuesday by the Max Spann Real Estate and Auction Company.
“The decision to sell these properties was not made lightly, but rather after prayer and careful consideration,” Archbishop Charles Chaput said Monday. “Selling these assets will help us as we work to ensure the long-term financial stability and position the Archdiocese for future growth.”
The diocese is also looking to sell the Holy Family Center at 227 N. 18th St. in Philadelphia and its adjacent parking lot, and the Mary Immaculate Center in Northampton, Pa. The Philadelphia building houses Catholic Social Services program; those employees will be relocated. The 452-acre Northampton property has most recently served as a retreat center, but the diocese has determined it’s being under-used.