You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis is in bankruptcy court. In that sale, the Chancery building, located across from the Cathedral, is for sale by bid process. It was built in 1961, in the iconic modern style seen in many of the buildings of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, designed by Marcel Breuer.
Gilead Project leads an effort to buy that building out of bankruptcy, to repurpose it as a site for organizations and people working to end child sexual abuse. We believe that it is an appropriate physical reminder that great evil can be transformed and redeemed; our goal is to become a “light on the hill unto the nations” once more. While not a specifically Catholic effort, the effort is born of Roman Catholic values and informed by our social justice stance in the world.
We believe preserving the building supports the proposition that our healing comes from facing the evil we have done, and allowed, in our church. We have articulated a vision of hope from the many strands of work we have been doing on this issue as we created the GILEAD PROJECT. Our plan is twofold, buying the building is but half of it, though rising to the level of urgency with a short time frame to accomplish. The second part of our plan continues with the development of program and the convening of a consortium with multiple participants.
Gilead Project is a collaborative endeavor of Susan Pavlak and Gil Gustafson and allies who seek to transform the environment of Church and society regarding sexual abuse and abuse of power. Susan and Gil have shared their experiences, strength and hope with various audiences including prisoners who have committed sexual offenses, Department of Corrections classes, denominational officials and seminarians.
Board of Directors
President: Susan Pavlak
Secretary/Treasurer: Mary Woida
Rev Timothy Power, founder Pax Christi Catholic Church
Gerald Schlabach, PhD, Professor of Theology UST