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Archdiocese Leasing Of Cemeteries To Be Subject Of Court Hearing Monday

(Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, in Philadelphia.  Photo from Archdiocese of Phila.)

(Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, in Philadelphia. Photo from Archdiocese of Phila.)

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By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–The proposal by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to sign a long-term lease with a Levittown, Pa. company to manage 13 cemeteries will be subject of a court hearing on Monday.

The archdiocese wants to lease its 13 cemeteries to StoneMor Partners LP under an arrangement which would net $89 million, paid over a 35-year period.

The total length of the lease between the two parties is 60 years (see related story).

The deal requires an up-front payment of $53 million.

On Monday, Judge John Herron will conduct a hearing during which he will consider the arrangement and hear any objections brought by any parties.

Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, says the judge had initially set a hearing for mid-December but postponed it and directed the archdiocese to widely publicize the plan.

“We’ve reached out to all of the 230-plus parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and we asked that our pastors reference the hearing date, post information about that hearing, and make copies available to their parishioners in a way that they thought might be most efficient,” Gavin tells KYW Newsradio.

The proposal is also posted on the archdiocese web site.

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