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Thursday September 4th, 2014

Posted at 5:28pm

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With fundraisers closing in on generating $10 million to save Assumption Church, the church’s owner, the Diocese of London, says the closure will stand and any decision to save the church will take at least two months after the doors are shuttered.

In a statement released today by the Diocese, officials say proposals to save the church will need to be evaluated over the course of time.

“The Bishop and all those involved will continue to review any current or future proposals regarding the restoration of Assumption Church,” the statement read. “Hopefully, this process will be complete sometime in the first quarter of 2015.”

The Diocese said they will “pursue a course of due diligence,” noting that it will take time, as the Bishop is responsible for 120 other other Catholic operations across southwestern Ontario.

The announcement today comes after fundraisers said Tuesday they had nearly reached their goal.

“We have received calls from donors who have confirmed that they are willing to increase their gifts to meet this new goal of $10 million,” said fundraisers.

But the diocese expressed excitement at the news that the church could be saved.

“Bishop Fabbro was quoted in the media saying that if he had $10 million, everything would change,” the statement read. “In the days that followed, individuals and companies have come forward, privately and publicly, with offers or proposals for the restoration of Assumption Church. This is wonderful and exciting news.”

Assumption Church is set to close November 3rd.

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