- Mar 2, 2021
Selling Dorothy Day’s former New York parish to make way for luxury apartments would be a devastating blow to residents and former parishioners in a neighborhood threatened by gentrification, an American researcher said.
A controversial plan to close several Catholic churches in Scotland has been dropped by the Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, after opposition from parishioners.
Months after the Archdiocese of Hartford put in place a sweeping reorganization plan throughout its territory, some parishioners are still fighting to preserve the communities they know and love.
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.
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 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.