“Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on the website,” Archbishop Schnurr wrote, “then prayerfully provide your input on this important step which will shape the future of our archdiocese.”
Beacons of Light is in a stage where “draft models” of families of parishes are made public for feedback. This coming winter, families of parishes will be finalized and announced.
In spring 2022, pastors and parish leaders will begin preparing for the parish planning process. In summer 2022, the implementation actually begins, with each family of parishes beginning its parish planning process.
The initiative would eliminate more than 70% of active parishes, which could affect schools as well, Cincinnati.com reported.
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Archbishop Schnurr told the website that the initiative is necessary, citing the decline in priestly vocations over the past decades, adding that changes in demographics have left some schools and churches in non-Catholic situated areas.
“We’re very sensitive to the fact that change is difficult,” Archbishop Schnurr told them. Cincinnati.com also reported the archbishop believes the initiative will revitalize every parish, “allowing them to combine operations, share financial resources and create more opportunities for Catholics to engage fully with their faith.”
Joseph Bukuras is a staff writer at the Catholic News Agency. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Catholic University of America. He has interned in the U.S. House of Representatives, on a U.S. Senate campaign, in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, and at the Susan B. Anthony List. He is based out of the Boston area.