Saginaw Bishop: Look At Restructuring Parishes 4-18-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw Bishop: Look At Restructuring Parishes 4-18-2011

A bishop says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw needs to look at the structure and operations of its 109 churches because of financial constraints and a shortage of clergy.
Bishop Joseph Cistone said central Michigan diocese faces increasing challenges because of the drop in the number of priests and the limited availability of administrators.
The diocese says it serves about 132,000 Roman Catholics in 11 counties.
In a letter to parish leaders, Cistone says the church must assess the viability of each parish.
Published reports said the bishop says next year, the diocese will have 57 active priests for its 109 churches, besides 26 active and senior priests who can provide some services.
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