Local Catholic Churches To Close, Consolidate

DETROIT (WWJ) – A new plan to close and consolidate some Catholic churches in Metro Detroit will be released on Wednesday.

There was no immediate word on how many churches are on the chopping block, but more details will be known after the plan is sent to Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron for his approval Wednesday night.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Roberta Jasina spoke with Archdiocese spokesman Joe Kohn.

“Priests shortage is a part of is, funds are a part of it,” said Kohn. “Some changes will come of it that will be very difficult for people, and they should be. People should love their parishes so much.”

Kohn said funds saved will be redistributed.

“It might mean spending fewer resources on keeping a large church building heated and maintained and directing those resources toward evangelization or for youth ministry,” he said.

The plan is expected to be finalized early next year.

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