Denver, Colo., May 4, 2021 / 10:24 am America/Denver (CNA).
A former altar boy with close family ties to a former Catholic parish in Akron, Ohio, now has a different connection to the church’s edifice: he owns it.
Christ the King Catholic Church in North Akron, Ohio has been vacant since November 2009, after the Cleveland diocese merged its congregation with two nearby parishes. Sacred items - including the altar, statues, and stained glass windows - have since been removed from the church, reported the Akron Beacon Journal.
It was also the Catholic parish where Joe Breiding grew up. Breiding, a former altar boy and now an accountant and businessman, recently purchased the church complex from the Diocese of Cleveland.
The property reportedly includes the church, rectory, a school building and two ballfields. The school building has been used by a charter school for the past seven years.
The Breiding family, with parents Dick and Elizabeth and twelve children including Joe, lived across the street from the church as the children grew up.