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      Jefferson City Diocese buys property in Columbia

      The diocese held listening sessions at three Columbia parishes, Our Lady of Lourdes, Sacred Heart, and St. Thomas More Newman Center.

      The Diocese of Jefferson City has purchased a property in southeast Columbia to possibly build a new parish and grade school.

      In October, Bishop John R. Gaydos started the process to gain local support for a proposed parish and school.

      The diocese held listening sessions in November at three Columbia parishes, Our Lady of Lourdes, Sacred Heart, and St. Thomas More Newman Center.

      "While information gathering and study regarding a possible new parish and grade school continues, it is important that the diocese have adequate options to implement a future development plan if a decision is made to go forward," said Bishop Gaydos.

      The diocese??s director of buildings and properties Brad Copeland said the size of the property allows for plenty of flexibility. He added that the location should make the land easily marketable if the diocese decides not to develop it.

      Deacon Dan Joyce said in a release Friday the final decision on the 29-acre property has not been made.