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December 29, 2012

A look back at 2012, bittersweet for some area congregations


Sister Suzanne Fondini returned to the area as principal of St. Monica School, at 212 Lawrence St., Methuen. She succeeds Sister Alice St. Joseph, who retired. Fondini was principal at Holy Trinity School in Lawrence until it closed in 2006, is back in the area.

Faith Lutheran Church of Andover dedicated the completion of the renovation of 1,625 square feet of space which includes the fellowship, Christian education, youth group and storage space, a covered entrance and installation of sprinkler system throughout the entire church, two skylights in the foyer to help brighten the sanctuary and an air condition and heating split duct system. The addition was going to be done in three phases, but the economic downturn made church members scale back, scraping plans to build a new sanctuary and restrooms. The addition cost $500,000.

The Rev. William F. Waters received the Catholic Leadership Award from his alma mater at St. Anselm College.

The award which recognizes an alum who actively served their church or the greater Catholic community as clergy or lay person. Recipients are chosen by the Alumni Council Executive Committee. Waters graduated from St. Anselm in 1965 with a degree in business and philosophy, and then joined the Augustinian order. Waters has served parishes in Greater Lawrence since 1971, and is now a campus minister at Merrimack College in North Andover.

Bishop John Abdalah, spiritual leader of the Worcester and New England for the Antiochian Orthodox Church visited with members of St. George Orthodox Church in Lawrence. The highlight of his visit was to ordain Deacon Philip Begley to the priesthood. St. George is one of 11 parishes in the Worcester/ New England diocese.

The former Holy Trinity Church property on Avon and Trinity streets was sold for $500,000 by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to real estate investor Alberto Nunez, who may turn some of it into condominiums. The property consists of a church, three-story school, rectory and a parking lot — all totaling 28,000 square feet. Holy Trinity closed in 2004 and the property had been on the market for more than two years.

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