BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A Roman Catholic bishop in southwestern Michigan will speak to his flock about plans to deal with a priest shortage.

Bishop Paul Bradley plans to have roughly 30 churches sharing pastors, starting in July. No churches will be closed or merged.

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Bradley is scheduled to appear Monday at Saints John and Bernard Parish in Benton Township. He spoke last week at a church in Wayland in Allegan County.

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Kalamazoo Diocese spokeswoman Victoria Cessna tells The Herald-Palladium that retirements are exceeding the number of new priests. The diocese covers nine counties: Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Allegan, St. Joseph, Branch, Calhoun and Barry.

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