After fire, Catholic church in California now an Islamic mosque
St. John Maron Catholic Church, which follows the Maronite Catholic tradition founded by a fourth-century Syriac monk and is in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, had owned the building since August 1995.
As church attendance grew, St. John Maron made plans in 2005 to expand the building. It began construction in October 2008 but a few days before Christmas that year, a fire destroyed part of the building.
Instead of continuing with renovation and expansion, church leaders instead moved the church to Orange in October of 2010, leaving the future of the Anaheim building unclear.
Recently, church parishioners and nearby residents noticed that the Anaheim building had sold to a mosque.
Officials at St. John Maron didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.
The website for the Islamic center shows that purchase of the 1.4-acre site next to Sycamore Junior High and the upgrades are estimated at $2.2 million.
A city spokeswoman said that building permits have been requested and granted for a 1,465-square-foot re-construction project. The mosque’s website states that it has plans to add a library and resource center.
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