The Archdiocese wants to sell these New Orleans properties to help pay sex abuse claims

Times-Picayune [New Orleans LA]

September 1, 2023

By Poet Wolfe

The Archdiocese of New Orleans is seeking bankruptcy court approval to put several New Orleans properties on the market, part of a plan to settle potentially hundreds of claims of child sex abuse as it seeks to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The seven properties and four vacant lots, if sold at their asking prices, would generate some $10.4 million.

A hearing on Sept. 21 will determine if the archdiocese can move forward with selling the properties. If approved, the properties will be on the market in late September.

Below are the properties that are pending approval and their asking prices.

  1. St. Jude Community Center – $1.95 million.
  2. Catholic Bookstore – $1 million.
  3. Sacred Heart of Jesus Church – $2.275 million
  4. Bishop Perry Community Center – $1.95 million.

The St. Jude Community Center and the Catholic Bookstore currently house establishments.

The other properties on the market — the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and the Bishop Perry Community Center — remain vacant or empty.

Along with the properties, the archdiocese is looking to sell one lot next to the Catholic Bookstore and one lot next to the residency of the archbishop.

The two other lots are located on South Rampart Street, facing 1000 Howard Avenue. These lots will be listed for $3.2 million.

Additional reporting by Stephanie Riegel.