When two or more religious societies, denominations, or ecclesiastical corporations in this state unanimously form a union in this state, the trustees, deacons, directors, or other proper officers of the new society, denomination, or corporation, at the request of a majority of the members of any of the component societies, denominations, or corporations, may petition the court of common pleas, setting forth the fact of such union. Thereupon such court may order that such officers, at the time of the union, shall convey to the new organization the real estate owned by the parties to the union, as the court directs, and may order that, if any of such officers neglect to obey such order, the order itself shall serve as such conveyance. In no case shall such order be inconsistent with the original terms upon which real estate became vested in or entrusted to the parties to the union; and in all cases the grantors of the real estate to such parties, or the heirs of such grantors, shall be made parties to the petition. Such of said grantors or heirs as make no defense are not subject to costs.
Notice of the pendency of such petition shall be given by publication, in a newspaper published in the county where the petition is filed, for four consecutive weeks, setting forth the object and prayer of the petition.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .