Communication to Parish and School Communities with Cell Base Stations from the Pastor and SLEMS Principal

Dear St. Lawrence Community,

The health and safety of our parishioners, children and our parish and school communities are a top priority for us as well as the Diocese of San José.

We wanted to make sure you were aware that our parish site has cell base stations that were installed 9 and 19 years ago and are under long-term contracts. The modest revenue from the sites have benefited the operations and ministry of our parish.

We acknowledge that the impact of cell base stations is an active area of research with new studies coming out frequently. As we are not experts in this area, the Diocese of San José has created a Cell Base Station Study Taskforce composed of medical and technology experts in the field to review the current credible research. Then they will make recommendations to the Diocese about how to address any concerns and protect the health and safety of our communities. The taskforce includes an industrial hygienist specializing in environmental hazards, a civil engineer, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics, and a specialist in microwave technology. The task force will be meeting in the coming weeks to begin their work.

In addition, a consulting engineer from Hammett & Edison, a notable private engineering firm in the Bay Area, will be completing an impact study at all diocesan locations with cell stations and the results of the study will be shared.

We ask for everyone’s patience as the Diocese expediently looks at best practices in this area, consults with experts to determine if there are additional steps, we can take to protect the health and safety of our parish and school communities. We are committed to sharing more information as we receive it.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Fr. Ernesto & Mrs. Lares
Pastor and Principal of St. Lawrence Parish and School