, Salem, MA

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November 13, 2012

Almost time to say goodbye

Pre-demolition work starts at St. Joseph Church


“Two pews from the church will be brought to St. James. I’m waiting to hear about the statue of St. Joseph,” a reference to a large statue buried under the church parking lot.

“In the cornerstone of the church is a time capsule that will be removed, and we will have a ceremony where Father Larry will open it.” The Rev. Lawrence Rondeau, the former pastor of St. Joseph, resides at the St. James rectory.

“The Planning Office for the Archdiocese has been very helpful through this process, and I am very grateful,” Sheridan stated.

After the church and convent are down, the Planning Office will construct a four-story building with 51 apartments, plus community and retail space.

The rectory and former school will remain, although plans for those buildings have not been announced.

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