Muslim cultural society buys Catholic church – parishioners positive

A Muslim cultural society has bought a Catholic church. The money raised will help the church community pay debts of close to $1 million.

The Immaculate Conception B.V.M. Catholic Church near Philadelphia, was purchased by the United American Muslim Society for US$1.775 million.

The church had been closed since the start of this year.

The Immaculate Conception parish merged with another parish in 2014.

There has been no anti-Islamic comment made about the sale.

The sale was “positively received by parishioners,” said Ken Gavin, who is a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

“The new owners of the former Immaculate Conception campus are community neighbors … since 1991,” he said.

“They are widely known as people of faith, family, prayer and education in the moral life for their children and the families of Bristol Township.”

The United American Muslim Association is the parent organization of the Turkish American Muslim Cultural Association, a long-time resident in the area.

Formed in 1980, the United American Muslim Association states its objectives as “to satisfy the religious and spiritual needs of the Muslim population in the United States.

“To teach Islam and to spread and keep alive the Islamic Culture; to provide Muslim children and youth with religious education; to give Muslim adults religious information and advice; to respond to questions pertaining to religion; to support the Muslim community financially and spiritually.”





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