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The option most likely to succeed is to invite a religious order in to run the parish.
Opus Dei, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, and the Institute of Christ the King have a track record in reviving dying parishes and restoring beautiful buildings and artwork.
This is because we have come to believe that the architecture itself is not sacred, the place has not been sanctified by its use, and if we move the furniture out, it is okay for a temple to become a den of thieves.
Another option is to tear down the historic church and sell the land.
That being said, it is one way to conserve works of sacred architecture that otherwise might fall into disrepair.
If the building is no longer slated for sacred purposes then it is better that it no longer exist.
In many upper-income neighborhoods the church building itself is worthless and the property is more beneficial being “converted” to high-end condominiums.
What if the people can come up with a financial plan to maintain the church?
Some churches, though seldom used, can become satellites of nearby parishes.