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Chicago nuns, reportedly left without heat, have rich real-estate holdings

March 05, 2015

A small community of nuns, which raised over $200,000 in donations after reports that their convent was without heat, has been exposed as a schismatic group with millions of dollars in financial assets.

The Fraternite of Notre Dame received hundreds of donations after a Chicago television newscast reported that their heating system had broken down. But further investigation showed that the community owns nearly 100 acres of rural lands, and plans an ambitious development project. The land is valued at over $3 million.

Although the Fraternite of Notre Dame was identified as a “traditional Catholic religious order,” a spokesman for the Chicago archdiocese told reporters that the group is not recognized by the archdiocese. The Fraternite was founded by Bishop Jean Marie Roger Kozik, who claims regular visions of the Virgin Mary and whose ordination as a bishop is not recognized by the Catholic Church.


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  • Posted by: FredC - Mar. 06, 2015 9:02 AM ET USA

    Donors must beware, especially when reacting to a secular source of information.