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Aug 15, 2018 11:55 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Offer Is Reportedly Made To Sell McGann Mercy High School Property For Over $10M

The closed Bishop McGann Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead is poised to sell. JD ALLEN
Aug 21, 2018 10:28 AM

The Diocese of Rockville Centre has reportedly received an offer of more than $10 million for Bishop McGann Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead, according to Robert Terry of Southampton, who sat on the McGann-Mercy parents advisory board before the only Catholic high school on the East End closed in June.

Mr. Terry is part of an organization of parents and alumni called The Friends of East End Catholic Education, who have been fundraising to open their own Catholic school in place of Mercy. The diocese had recommended parents send their children 40 miles west to St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip or St. Anthony’s High School in Melville after the final graduating class at Mercy this spring.

Nearly half of the school’s students from the South Fork came from the Hampton Bays School District. The rest came from Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Montauk, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Southampton, Tuckahoe, Westhampton Beach and Eastport South Manor school districts.

The group was set to meet with the administration of the diocese on August 13 to discuss a “sustainable Catholic high school on that property,” but instead Mr. Terry said he was told that a potential buyer had made the offer in June.

“I said, ‘You found out in June? You didn’t think to call us and tell us?’ They had said, ‘Well, it didn’t really become finalized until a couple of weeks ago, and at that point your meeting was already scheduled, so we figured we’d just tell you today,’” Mr. Terry recalled. “It was a bit shocking. We are not really sure where we are at right now—just totally caught us off guard.”

That was contrary to what the group was told on April 20, that the property was not available and not for sale.

Diocese COO Tom Renker and CFO Tom Doodian—as well as Father Edward Sheridan, who is the eastern vicar for the Diocese and pastor of St. Rosalie’s in Hampton Bays—were in attendance but could not answer most of the group’s questions, Mr. Terry noted.

“It’s ultimately Bishop [John] Barres—the buck stops with him,” he said. What diocese administrators could confirm for the group was that a real estate closing could happen at any time.

Bishop Barres and the Diocese of Rockville Centre have not responded to requests for comment.

“We had expected the property was available to us, because that is what the bishop told us face to face,” Mr. Terry said. “It was the first time we were told it was not. He always told us that his door was always open to us and the property is available to us and not for sale.

“So, obviously, at some point, that changed for them, and he has not been available. We are very disappointed and frustrated by the way this has been communicated and how this situation has evolved.”

In April, it was rumored that Peconic Bay Medical Center, which is next door to the Mercy property, was interested in purchasing the school—but hospital officials said they are not the buyer. “At this time, we are not aware that the property is or was for sale,” said President and CEO Andrew Mitchell in a statement last week.

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Gotta pay those attorney fees and settlements for the child sex abuse
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Aug 15, 18 1:14 PM
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Well worth the money...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 15, 18 2:22 PM
Bishop Barres' closing of MCGann Mercy was the only reason I created an account on this website (Hence my name) and I haven't posted anything on here in awhile...but after today's news, I felt compelled to post this:

It looks like we have our answer as to why the Bishop closed McGann Mercy. It's the same reason he's closing other Catholic schools in the NY area just like he did in Pennsylvania. It's to pay for the victims of the pedophile priests that he tried to shield in both states. ...more
By DiseaseDiocese (668), Riverhead on Aug 15, 18 4:46 PM
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Seems as if the Bishop is a lying sack of ****. What a bum.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 15, 18 5:05 PM
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Lying bum seems like an understatement. The Bishop was protecting sexual predators - shielding pedophiles from the judicial system.
By Pacman (273), Southampton on Aug 17, 18 9:47 AM
The evil people - you cannot refer to them as Priests - as they are the farthest thing imaginable from all the good that Priests are supposed to represent - who perpetrated these acts should be picked up and jailed for decades.

One can only hope the names of these dregs are made public so they can be hunted down and brought to justice.
By BillWillConn3 (180), Southampton on Aug 15, 18 8:19 PM
"Evil people"? Read the local comments on this one...

School closes for two days after threats against 12-year-old transgender student

By Eric Levenson and Keith Allen, CNN
Updated 4:14 PM ET, Wed August 15, 2018
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 15, 18 8:28 PM
Those threats are terrible. So is your assertion that they're comparable to hands on sexual assault by a priest.
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on Aug 15, 18 9:08 PM
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I would be alarmed that they kept this such a secret - If it was PBMC (which would make sense) then why the secret? I would be more concerned that they are in talks with a drug rehab like Seafield (who tried to move in to a convent located in a 100% residential neighborhood in Blue Point) Not many people mind having a heart or stroke center in their neighborhood - but a drug rehab? Alert the NIMBY's!
By DisgustedHamptons (58), Hampton Bays on Aug 16, 18 12:38 PM
THINK, what does this have to do with the sale of this property?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 16, 18 3:19 PM
I wonder how many were employed at mercy at its peak?
By H2O (85), easthampton on Aug 27, 18 11:18 PM
Isn't the offer to "Buy" not "Sell"?
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Aug 29, 18 4:54 PM
Isn't the offer to "Buy" not "Sell"?
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Aug 29, 18 5:18 PM
It's always all about the money. Isn't that what the Catholic Church has become Sex and Money? It just proves in order to survive the church has to reform.
By harbor man (47), sag harbor on Aug 31, 18 8:57 AM