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.