Byrnes closes theological institute

Pacific Daily News

January 16, 2018

By Haidee V. Eugenio

A theological institute that the Neocatechumenal Way used to operate has officially closed, a week after the movement’s former seminary also closed.

Both facilities operated in the Archdiocese of Agana’s property that used to be the Accion Hotel in Yona. The Yona property is one of 41 assets that the archdiocese said could be sold to help settle the now more than 150 Guam clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed against the archdiocese.

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes signed a decree officially ceasing the operations of the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania, effective Jan. 9.

Byrnes said the decision came after a committee review of the institute’s nature of inception and operation, the model for which is not sustainable for the archdiocese.

The archbishop said the decision was also in consultation with the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, and the Archdiocesan Finance Council.

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