Since the last update posted on the Diocesan website, a property has been found in Bath, PA, seven miles from St. Nicholas Church in Bethlehem. It is a commercially zoned house with offices on the ground floor, a main floor with living room, dining room, kitchen and family room and a second floor with a master bedroom suite and three other bedrooms. An offer has been made with conditions and accepted. The conditions pertain to the Diocese receiving a favorable response to our petition for a zoning variance that will make it possible for it to serve as a residence as well as Diocesan Office. The property was examined by the entire Diocesan Council, who approved the choice and made many useful suggestions for both the process of acquiring it and what could / should be done in the event of completing the purchase. His Eminence has been at the forefront of this entire process consulting the Council at every step, and there have been many before reaching this point. He has been graciously assisted with professional advice by Attorney John Coles, Jr. of Christ the Saviour in Harrisburg, Mr. John McGarrity of St. Nicholas in Bethlehem, a licensed contractor, along with Ms. Yadira Colon, our realtor, and most recently Attorney Lawrence Fox of Allentown, who has been retained to facilitate the zoning process, all of whom have been an immeasurable help. The hearing regarding our request is scheduled for July 18th at 7:00 pm at 121 South Walnut Street, Bath, PA. The presence of our clergy and faithful may significantly influence a favorable ruling from the Zoning Commission.

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