- Mar 2, 2021
The Archdiocese of Hartford has implemented a plan to consolidate 212 parishes into 127 new entities. The community at the parish of St. Anne – which did not survive the process – is questioning what will become of the parish’s flagship ministry, a soup kitchen. Parish staff, volunteers and soup kitchen guests say they have been told the soup kitchen will remain at the church “for the foreseeable future,” but that there are no guarantees as the planning process moves forward at the local level.
The Archdiocese of Hartford has announced that 59 parishes across three counties will be merged, and 26 of those buildings will close. Archbishop Leonard Blair said, “To try to hold onto something, a structure, a skeleton that no longer corresponds to the realities of today ultimately can be discouraging and diminishing.”
CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago could close as many as 100 parishes over the next dozen years under a comprehensive review announced by Archbishop Blase Cupich. Pointing to aging infrastructure and a looming priest shortage, Cupich said the nation’s third largest archdiocese risks “spreading our resources too thinly” if it fails “to
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is a former president of the US bishops’ conference, and at just 64 he’s positioned to be a force in Catholic life, both at home and abroad, for some time to come. In the final installment of John Allen’s exclusive Crux interview, Dolan discusses