The Archdiocese of Boston has sold the campus Catholic chaplaincy building to Tufts University. It’s another sign of the archdiocese continuing to divest itself of accreted baggage it doesn’t need. I endorse the impulse to simplify so that we can focus the mission of the Gospel and not maintaining real estate. The sale price is a drop in the bucket, but it highlights the Franciscan ideal that Archbishop O’Malley has brought with him to us to our great benefit.
“It’s still the Catholic Center at Tufts, it’s just a University-owned building,” University Chaplain David O’Leary said. “Before, it was the Catholic Center at Tufts in a building owned by the Archdiocese of Boston.”
Under the new agreement, the Archdiocese will lease the building from the University until 2009, at which time the Catholic Center will need to find a new space. The Center is under the direction of the Archdiocese.