Despite getting a “Christmas miracle” several months ago that was was supposed to save Chicago’s historic Holy Trinity Church from closure, the church property has appeared on a real estate auction website.
News of the church’s foreclosure sent shockwaves throughout the city and nation last year.
In the announcement back in November, made via the parish priest Fr. Jonas’ public Facebook page, he stated that “Chicago’s 121 year old historic Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, because of the economic and legal pressures hurled against her in recent years, has received a judgement of foreclosure.”
Then, only days before Christmas, a group of anonymous donors put up the $2 million needed to keep the church property from being foreclosed by the bank.
Ongoing financial problems, a longstanding property and financial conflict with a school once founded and operated by the Church, as well as changing Chicago neighborhoods have all contributed to the problems facing Holy Trinity.
Without any public warning or notice and without any explanation about the group that put up $2 million to save the parish, the Church and surrounding buildings have appeared on loop net.com, a real estate auction site.
The listing doesn’t mention Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church by name but lists the address, as well as several photographs, and an exact description of the physical property comprising the house of worship and support buildings.
The opening price of the auction is $2.2 million.