The National Catholic Register (NCR) website reports today (October 27, 2010) that the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. is being sold to Ann Arbor's Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist order.
In an email to the NCR, the order states it is in the "inspection phase of purchase and sale agreement... It is our hope to use this building as a House of Studies for the continuing education and formation of our Sisters."
The John Paul II Cultural Center has been suffering financially almost from its very beginnings. Built at a cost of $75 million -- largely through funding from the Archdiocese of Detroit -- the museum was never able to attract the number of visitors it hoped to attain.
The Sisters see the property as a means to handling their growth and the education of candidates for their order -- an order devoted to the apostolate of teaching.