Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth,do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18-19
After a long period of prayerful deliberation and faithful ministry, The Bishop, Board of Trustees and Standing Committee would like to share that the property known as Wapiti was sold on April 21, 2021 to a group that serves children in the Maryland area by helping them learn and grow through fun, educational, and character-building experiences. This sale marks an end to a long chapter and the beginning of an exciting new chapter for our diocese. The proceeds from the sale will allow us to further invest in our critical ministries. As a diocese and people of God, we are stepping into a hurting world with new life and energy, thereby furthering the Lord’s work to transform our communities in the name of Jesus Christ.
Since the beginning of his episcopacy, Bishop Gutiérrez and diocesan governance have worked intently and deliberately to explore the potential uses of the property. In 2019, an open call for proposals was issued. After reviewing many options and weighing their potential benefit against the cost of keeping the property, together, we prayerfully concluded that the most faithful thing to do was to sell the property. Bishop Gutierrez emphasized that: “Through faith, prayer and the active participation of this diocese, now, these sacred funds that went into maintaining an underutilized resource will be guarded, reviewed and uplifted. Together, we will empower mission, proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, strengthen our churches and address poverty in all its forms. As a faithful people, we step out into the new day that awaits with courage and hope; we must, we can and we will.”
“The sale of Wapiti marks the end of a long, complex era in the life of the diocese,” said Roberta Torian, president of the diocese’s Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, permit me to say that we are grateful for the vision and tenacity of this Bishop and his staff in pursuing the conclusion to this chapter in our diocesan life with unwavering dedication to the best interests of the diocese, its people and its mission. We look forward to pursuing the diocesan vision as a unified body with added resources generated by this sale and determination fueled by our love of Jesus Christ and one another.”