Parishioners skeptical about returning to Carle Place church that they thought closed for good

A church spokesperson says Bishop Lawrence Provenzano is planning to reopen the church in about a year.

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2022, 2:24 AM

Updated 728 days ago

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A Carle Place church that had been a staple in the community could be reopening, but parishioners aren't sure if they're ready to go back.
Saint May's Episcopal Church in Carle Place, which has been around since the 1920s, was closed by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island due to low attendance.
Some churchgoers, however, believe leaders in the Diocese were actually trying to cash in on the church's $1 million endowment and high property value.
"Why he had to close the church," says Marge Kogler. "We have a priest. He's still pay him. So why couldn't we have services?"
A church spokesperson says Bishop Lawrence Provenzano is planning to reopen the church in about a year.
The bishop wrote in an email to a parishioner, "St. Mary's won't stay closed. In time, a new mission plan will be created and there will be a restart of a parish with a ministry to the people of God. It won't be what it used to be--it will be what God intends..."
Former parishioners are still skeptical and some say they won't come back even if the church really does reopen.
"How can I trust the person that closed the doors," says Don Schaefer. "He's going to bring in a new regime. A group of new people. What do they know about this town?"
The church is also used by many community groups including the American Legion and Narcotics Anonymous.
Parishioners tell News 12 the group have until June to find another place to hold their meetings.


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