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Father Leo Carley in West Virginia?
« on: January 10, 2019, 01:32:13 PM »
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  • Is anyone here familiar with Fr. Leo Carley?  I am especially interested to know if it is true that he has a chapel near Wheeling, WV.  I know Our Lady of Lourdes chapel is listed on the SSPX website, but I am not finding much about him other than he is in Akron.  We might possibly be moving to this area and I would like to know if there is some place to go to Mass without having to drive a long distance.  That wouldn't be any better than our current situation.

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    Re: Father Leo Carley in West Virginia?
    « Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 01:50:45 PM »
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  • Yes, we attend IHM in Akron, OH.  Father Carley does indeed travel every Sunday to Wheeling for, I believe, a 12:30 PM Mass ... after offering one at 9:00 AM in Akron ... despite his advanced age.  Father is in great shape for his age, mid-80s, but God only knows how long that will continue.  He broke a hip a couple years ago, and +Tissier filled in for him on Christmas Day.  He recovered very quickly, and he remains very active.  He still insists on going out and mowing the grass on the church and rectory grounds ... to stay healthy.  But I don't know if I would make any long-term plans in WV based on the possibility his health could decline suddenly.  Father has arranged for the church property to transfer to the SSPX upon his death or disability, but the SSPX has been known to sell off properties (and his property has significant potential value being adjacent to a ritzy country club with very expensive homes by it).  I had been on the board of trustees, but I stepped down rather than sign the document that would hand over the property to SSPX.  Father wanted to make provision for the people who helped build up the chapel.  I initially advised him to put a clause in the documents forbidding the SSPX from selling it, and they refused to accept it under those conditions ... which I found to be very telling.  So Father gave in, and I stepped down.  In any case, even if the SSPX were to retain the property (rather than sell it to finance the new seminary and tell people to head up to the SSPX chapel in Cleveland), there's no guarantee that they would keep the WV chapel going.  I do not believe that there is a very strong attendance down there.


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    Re: Father Leo Carley in West Virginia?
    « Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 01:52:33 PM »
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  • Father Carley was ordained in the 1950s for the Diocese of Scanton PA and is, as of last report, still officially listed as "on leave".

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    Re: Father Leo Carley in West Virginia?
    « Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 01:57:42 PM »
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    I initially advised him to put a clause in the documents forbidding the SSPX from selling it, and they refused to accept it under those conditions ... which I found to be very telling. 
    Same story, different chapel.  Sad.

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    Re: Father Leo Carley in West Virginia?
    « Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 02:05:18 PM »
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  • Yes, we attend IHM in Akron, OH.  Father Carley does indeed travel every Sunday to Wheeling for, I believe, a 12:30 PM Mass ... after offering one at 9:00 AM in Akron ... despite his advanced age.  Father is in great shape for his age, mid-80s, but God only knows how long that will continue.  He broke a hip a couple years ago, and +Tissier filled in for him on Christmas Day.  He recovered very quickly, and he remains very active.  He still insists on going out and mowing the grass on the church and rectory grounds ... to stay healthy.  But I don't know if I would make any long-term plans in WV based on the possibility his health could decline suddenly.  Father has arranged for the church property to transfer to the SSPX upon his death or disability, but the SSPX has been known to sell off properties (and his property has significant potential value being adjacent to a ritzy country club with very expensive homes by it).  I had been on the board of trustees, but I stepped down rather than sign the document that would hand over the property to SSPX.  Father wanted to make provision for the people who helped build up the chapel.  I initially advised him to put a clause in the documents forbidding the SSPX from selling it, and they refused to accept it under those conditions ... which I found to be very telling.  So Father gave in, and I stepped down.  In any case, even if the SSPX were to retain the property (rather than sell it to finance the new seminary and tell people to head up to the SSPX chapel in Cleveland), there's no guarantee that they would keep the WV chapel going.  I do not believe that there is a very strong attendance down there.
    Thank you for this candid response.  I think this is the answer then.  My husband and I need to make a move for the safety and sanity of my family, but we are not going to uproot just to be left in the same circumstances we are in now.  The company for which he works could place him in West Virginia without hesitation, but without a Mass to go to we may as well just stay here.  It doesn't make sense to move under these iffy circumstances.  Thanks so much.


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    Re: Father Leo Carley in West Virginia?
    « Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 03:21:54 PM »
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  • Not sure if it makes a difference, but Pittsburgh is about and hour and fifteen minutes away ... more or less, depending on which side of Wheeling you live on.

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    Re: Father Leo Carley in West Virginia?
    « Reply #6 on: January 11, 2019, 08:47:18 PM »
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  • Not sure if it makes a difference, but Pittsburgh is about and hour and fifteen minutes away ... more or less, depending on which side of Wheeling you live on.
    An hour and a half in good weather, maybe.  You'd have to speed a bit once you cross over to PA.  In snow, ice, downpour with hail, don't count on it!  I drove this route every summer from 2005 to 2012, no problems.  But when I had to make an emergency trip in the winter of 2010...not for the timid driver!  

     

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