The East Boston Times reports this week that the Archdiocese of Boston is moving toward reopening Mount Carmel Church, the East Boston parish that has been shut down since the fall of 2004. Apparently parishioners, who have been occupying the church since the closing, have been negotiating quietly with the cardinal's people for some time.
Mount Carmel, at the corner of Gove and Frankfort streets, was one of the centers of the neighborhood's Italian American community for much of the 20th Century. Most of the people who I knew growing up were baptized there, as I was, even as families spread out to live in other parts of the neighborhood.
Whether an agreement is fully reached and to what degree the parish will return to its former self remain to be seen.