John Paul II Pastoral centre on the market
By Laureen McMahon
The B.C. Catholic
VANCOUVER--Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, has authorized the sale of the downtown administrative offices of the Vancouver archdiocese located since 1958 at the corner of Robson and Cambie Streets.
The building, which is home to the Chancery, Catholic Family Services, Catholic Independent Schools, The B.C. Catholic newspaper, the Matrimonial Tribunal, Project Advance, Finance, Human Resources, Evangelization, First Nations Ministry, Communications, Mission Appeal, Religious Education, Service and Justice, Vocations, Stewardship, and Youth and Young Adult Ministry, is no longer adequate to serve the needs of the archdiocese, the archbishop confirmed.
No decision has yet been made on where these offices will eventually move to, although the archbishop said that it is important to choose a site in a central location.
Catholic Charities Men's Hostel, which has operated over many years on the third floor of the brick building, shelters more than 100 men every night. The emergency services provided by the hostel, which have evolved to serve both the needs of the homeless and the changing business and residential needs of people in downtown Vancouver, will be taken into consideration as building relocation plans get underway.
"The Church's ministry to the homeless will continue, and it is an important consideration in the changes being made," Archbishop Miller said.
Information about the building sale is available from Arnold Fenrick, 604-683-0281, firstname.lastname@example.org.