Parish Closures

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Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago

Chicago archdiocese announces new groupings from parish mergers

Feb 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

As part of its “Renew My Church” initiative the Archdiocese of Chicago recently announced 12 new parish groupings. By July,... Read more

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Black parishes in Chicago closing disproportionately due to low attendance, official says

Mar 31, 2021

Amid a plan to merge and close dozens of parishes, the Archdiocese of Chicago has disproportionately closed parishes that minister... Read more

St. Paul's Cathedral, Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh diocese announces first wave of parish mergers

May 20, 2019

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced the first results of a sweeping reorganization of its parishes, creating five new parishes... Read more

     Inside of St. Joseph's Chapel, Battery Park, NY.

Catholics desperate to save 9/11 chapel in New York

May 3, 2017

By Mary Farrow

On September 11, 2001, Justine Cuccia was nine months pregnant when she watched in horror as two hijacked planes crash... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City.

Pain and growth as Archdiocese of New York reorganizes

Nov 5, 2014

By Mary Farrow

The parishioners at Holy Innocents were relieved to hear that their parish will remain open following concerns that it might... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Philadelphia archdiocese announces 24 parishes to merge

Jun 3, 2013

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Sunday announced the merger of 24 parishes into 10, saying the changes will “ultimately strengthen... Read more

Ascension of Our Lord Parish.

Philadelphia parish closing because of low attendance, safety issues

Sep 26, 2012

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has approved the closure of a Philadelphia parish due to low Mass attendance and a church... Read more

Bishop Blase J. Cupich.

Wash. diocese reaches sex abuse agreement to save parishes

Jun 1, 2012

The Diocese of Spokane, Wash. has reached a mediation agreement in a sex abuse suit that will save parishes from... Read more