In an official decree dated June 20, 2005 His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York officially designated the Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz for Filipinos in the United States. Click here for your easy reference to the said Decree.
The Chapel, being ideally situated in New York City, where many international organisations are headquartered and where resources are easier and quicker to mobilize, is indeed a natural home base for the Filipino Chapel. During the period 2005-2008, the Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz has been drawing a steady number of devoted worshippers and volunteers, affirming the confidence that His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York, had in the Filipinos’ Catholic faith when he gave permission to open the Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz.
The heartwarming support to the Chapel and its activities has also given birth to an exciting collaboration with a group of highly accomplished and creative Filipinos living in New York, who are grateful for their blessings and are motivated to give back. There is strong belief in the faithful Filipino community that the Chapel is on the road towards accomplishing its mission, its viability, sustainability and in its inherent function of serving the spiritual and practical needs of the Filipinos. It should be noted that the Chapel does not receive any financial support from the Archdiocese of New York and has maintained its existence through donations, fund-raising activities including an endowment campaign for financial sustainability.
With the recent developments however, the Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz is now facing uncertainty. Effective February 1, 2009 His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan “will allow the Chapel to continue for a temporary time period, subject to an ongoing Archdiocesan review. There is real doubt that a priest's time and people's gifts should be devoted to maintaining this Center. It is everyone's positive experience that Filipinos blend into and build up their local parishes.” This is based on an official letter signed by Monsignor William Belford, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of New York.
Numerous meetings between the Chapel and Archdiocese representatives to negotiate for the continued operations of the chapel did not yield positive results. It is for this reason that we are asking for your prayers in this global appeal. We believe that with Divine Intervention nothing is impossible. With our global prayers for the intentions of the Chapel, we can be reassured of the Lord's protection and there will be reason to hope that His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York will confirm the continued operation of the Chapel San Lorenzo Ruiz for a very long period of time in order to maintain stability in fulfilling its mission.