CNA Staff, Nov 30, 2020 / 18:08 pm
The Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced that it will initiate its third round of parish mergers early next year, reducing its current 107 parishes to 81.
The mergers will take effect January 4, creating 14 groupings of parishes from 40 current parishes. The merger is the most recent step in the diocese's "On Mission for The Church Alive" initiative.
"This is a pivotal time for our diocese as we plan for the future of the Church of Pittsburgh," Bishop David Zubik said in a Nov. 28 statement.
"Southwestern Pennsylvania is radically different than it was 100, 50, 20, even 10 years ago, yet the work of the Church and our call from God to bring His love to everyone continues as strong as ever," the bishop said.