OSSINING, N.Y. To reduce costs of building upkeep, Maryknoll Lay Missioners have decided to move from their current headquarters at 40 Somerstown Road to a smaller building on the Maryknoll Society's campus that is currently vacant.
"We just want to use our financial resources for doing what we do best putting lay missioners in the field," said Margaret Cuccinello, the director of advancement for the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, a Catholic organization that sends missionaries overseas to work in health care, sustainable development, education, justice and peace.
Mike Virgintino, the communications manager for the Maryknoll Society of Fathers & Brothers, said the large, three-story building on Somerstown Road is structurally sound, but it costs a lot of keep up with electricity, heating and cooling costs.
The Maryknoll Lay Missioners are in the process of transferring the property back to the Maryknoll Society which had previously granted them use of the property. The transfer had to be filed for review by the state Attorney General's office because state law requires that any transfer of property owned by non-profits be submitted for review, Virgintino said.
The building that the Maryknoll Lay Missioners will move into is on the Maryknoll Society's 100-acre campus off Ryder Road. Cuccinello said the building is not as large as their current building, but she thinks it will be a good home.
"I think it'll serve us well to be closer to the other two Maryknoll entities," Cuccinello said, referring to the Maryknoll Society of Fathers & Brothers and the Maryknoll Sisters.
Currently, about 20 staff members work in the Maryknoll Lay Missioner's Somerstown Road building. The organization recently trained 12 lay missioners at the facility and sent them off to Tanzania, Brazil and Cambodia to complete their six month language training and their 3.5-year missions.
Virgintino said no decisions have been made yet as to how the Somerstown Road building will be used in the future.
"First the property has to be transferred back to us. Then we'll figure out what to do with the property," Virgintino said.
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