Thursday, March 27, 2014

Former Syracuse Catholic church to become Islamic mosque

Holy Trinity Church, Syracuse, NY
To be called 'Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary'

SYRACUSE -- Syracuse's Holy Trinity has a new owner, and some major changes are coming for the former Roman Catholic church.

As we first reported on Monday, the church, rectory and its old school, currently used for refugee and immigration programs, have been sold to the North Side Learning Center,  a North McBride Street-based all-volunteer organization founded in 2009.

 Dr. Yusuf Soule, who heads up North Side Learning Center, confirms that his not for profit program has bought the campus and will lease the former church to a new Islamic society, which will name it 'Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary' (Masjit Isa Ibn Maryam).  The group is already working in the sanctuary, which Soule says has leaks in the walls and flooring after being vacant almost four years.   Pews and benches, as well as the Christian symbols inside, have already been removed.

North Side Learning has filed with the Landmark Preservation Board  to remove the crosses from the steeples and grounds.  The reason, in the petitions,  "Due to new usage of the church as a place of worship for other religious group than used previously, where crosses on the building are not in line with the worshipping practices."

The petition also requests permission to to put a 6-foot chain link fence around the property 'to increase security.' Soule says the group's current offices on North McBride at Butternut have seen several car break ins, and there are concerns. the rest image


At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very disturbing situation to me. It would have preferrable to tear the bldg down!


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