Parish closures or amalgamations may be inevitable

Archbishop John Dew has announced a review into parishes in the Archdiocese of Wellington. A  group has been set up to conduct the review, and will report back after August 28. He has told parishioners that parish closures or amalgamations  “may well be inevitable”. “The viability of our fledgling pastoral areas, as well as our funding options, need to be explored,” he said in a letter to parishioners.

“It would be very sad if a parish had to close; we are trying to avoid that at all costs.” he said

The church had invested in training more laymen and women for leadership roles, but they were not able to perform many religious rites, which needed a priest.


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