• Holy spirits? Closed churches find second life as breweries

    Holy spirits? Closed churches find second life as breweries

    • Oct 6, 2017

    As churches close due to dwindling congregations and parish mergers, some are being given new life: As breweries and brewpubs. With stained glass, brick walls and large sanctuaries ideal for holding vats and lots of drinkers, churches renovated into breweries attract beer lovers but can grate on the spiritual sensibilities of clergy and worshipers.

  • Pittsburgh diocese panel proposes merging 188 parishes to 48

    Pittsburgh diocese panel proposes merging 188 parishes to 48

    • Sep 17, 2017

    A radical new plan in the Diocese of Pittsburgh could reduce the number of parishes to a third of their current number. A diocesan commission is recommending keeping multiple worship sites open in the parishes, although some churches would close. The number of active priests in the Diocese of Pittsburgh is expected to decline from 211 to 112 by 2025. 

  • Churchgoers adjusting to consolidated parishes

    Churchgoers adjusting to consolidated parishes

    • Jul 26, 2017

    Churchgoers are getting used to the new reality of “All Saints — Todos Los Santos” parish in Waterbury, Connecticut. Formed by the merger of four parishes, the new entity is part of a restructuring plan being implemented by the Archdiocese of Hartford.