Our Lady of Vilnius Lithuanian Roman Catholic Church
570 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
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Parish Founded: 1905
Church Completed: 1910
Padlocked by the Archdiocese of New York: February 27, 2007
"As we end let us thank God the Almighty for sparing this church many times in the past. The construction of the Holland Tunnel in the early twenties, the Great Depression of the early thirties, World War I, II, the Korean and Vietnam wars. These indeed had left it with scars and loss of membership. But like the Phoenix we are survivors and rise from the ashes awaiting our 100 anniversary. As experience has already proven, we can rest assured that Our Lady of Vilnius - The Worker of the Aušros Vartai will lead us and our future heirs fo a brighter day in the years ahead."
- Dalia Bulvicius, parishioner,"90 Years for God and Country", 1995
Our Past is Present: Remembering Our Spiritual Forbears
Dalia Bulvicius, the author of the paragraph above, is gone but her words and her memory are very much alive in the hearts of those who attended Our Lady of Vilnius. She was no longer with us when I arrived at the church, but I know that she had a lovely soprano voice and welcomed everyone.
Dalia is one of many that we will honor and include in our prayers when we gather to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the locking of our church. If a family member or friend of yours who has passed on attended Our Lady of Vilnius, we welcome you to add their name to our list for remembrance.
CLICK HERE to submit their name.
We are preparing to take the civil suit that has kept our church standing to New York State's highest court, the New York State Court of Appeals!
The State’s highest Court will have an opportunity to rule on the significant and novel issues related to the proper interpretation of Section 5 of the Religious Corporation Law and whether or not the archdiocese can demolish the Church without the consent of the parishioners.
CLICK HERE to read the ruling from the First Department, Appellate Division, New York State Supreme Court. This ruling includes an incisive and well-researched dissent by Judge James M. Catterson.
HOW DO I CONTRIBUTE?
MAKE CHECKS OUT TO "Law Office of Harry Kresky, as attorney."
WRITE ON MEMO LINE: "Our Lady of Vilnius Lawsuit."
MAIL TO: Law Office of Harry Kresky
505 W. 54th St.
NY, NY 10019
Contributions are NOT tax deductible. Your contribution will be deposited in our attorney's escrow account for ongoing legal expenses. We anticipate costs for proceeding with this litigation to be approximately $10,000.00
Thank you for your contributions and your prayers. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to answer your questions, hear your suggestions and provide you with more information.