Archdiocese to Cut 29 Parishes Down to 13

Part of cost-cutting moves aimed at ending stagnation.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that 16 parishes will be merged into 13 nearby parishes in Philadelphia and its suburbs,” AP reports. “The closures reflect the latest efforts to cut costs at the archdiocese by closing schools and parishes and selling off real estate. The archdiocese cited shifting Catholic populations, high density of parishes in a small area, and declines in Mass attendance and the number of available priests

As a point of clarification: There are now 29 parishes; there will be 13. Which means 16 are being eliminated, merged, or however you choose to label it.

6ABC has the full list of parishes to close and merge.




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  • Dude

    There are more than 13 parishes left in diocese. Basically OF the 29 they looked at, 13 will remain. There are still many many more parishes than 13.

  • Sarah

    The Archbishop obviously DOESN’T care that people go to church regardless of the BS going on in the world and STILL find their butts a seat in church… The OLDER generation go for DECADES and NOW much like the finality of their lives coming to an end so does their church? Shame on the Archbishop! Instead of targeting the few n far between churches in DELAWARE COUNTY maybe he should re route some churches in Philly to Del. Co., an fill the pews there! People from Chester who are catholic are coming to churches in the other side of Del. Co. because they NEED A CHURCH home! Shame on the Archbishop for screwing over people his own age or a lil’ older out of a church to WORSHIP in!

    • buzzbye

      You just do not get the cost involved, the schools, demographics that is changing everything or am I way above your head on this?