Posts Tagged ‘priest shortage’

Appeal for Church to think differently

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Restauranters and café owners in New Zealand turned off their lights this week highlighting their staff shortages and inability to bring in labour from overseas. It is a labour shortage echoed by a local priest! “I wonder if I should turn out the lights in Church on Sunday?” he asked. The priest does not want Read more

3 Wairarapa churches up for sale

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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After many months of deliberation, the fate of five Wairarapa church buildings owned by the Catholic church has been decided. Three will be put up for sale. Cardinal John Dew announced in June that only Featherston’s St Teresa of Avila and Masterton’s St Patrick’s Church would be kept. The following properties will be up for Read more

Detroit Catholic Archdiocese to create ‘families of parishes’ of 3 to 6 parishes each

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Facing a shortage of priests and decreased revenue, the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit announced this week an ambitious new reorganization plan that will create what it calls “families of parishes,” grouping three to six churches together that will share priests and resources. The plan — to be carried out over two years — is different Read more

Fewer resources and priests, bigger dioceses

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Fewer resources, a lack of priests and merging dioceses are upsetting French Catholic communities in rural areas. Talk of reducing the number of dioceses in country districts is met with hostility from clergy and Catholic faithful alike, who see it as a “view from Paris”. Nonetheless, many wonder if the country’s 100 dioceses aren’t too Read more

Catholic Church accused of ‘robbing’ African priests with ‘poor English’ to tackle UK shortage

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

The Catholic Church has been accused of “robbing” Africa of its priests to tackle the shortage in the UK, leaving worshippers struggling to understand services in “poor English”. The claims were made by the Rev Deacon Michael Phelan, a retired Permanent Deacon in the diocese of Northampton, who raised concerns amid what some people deem Read more

Three more Wellington parishes merge

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Three Catholic parishes in Khandallah, Johnsonville and Newlands are the latest in Wellington to merge. The move will mean a new name and structure for St Andrew’s in Newlands, St Benedict’s in Khandallah and St Peter and Paul’s in Johnsonville. The new parish will be established at a mass at St Andrew’s on February 28, Read more

Cardinal Dew thanks Marists as 170 years in Otaki ends

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington, has announced that as from 1 February 2016, the Archdiocese will take responsibility for the pastoral care of the parish of Saints Mary and Joseph in Otaki and Levin. Dew has thanked the priests and brothers of the Society of Mary for their pastoral care and leadership in Read more

Ten UK bishops want to look at ordaining married men

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Up to ten bishops in England and Wales would support the Church discerning if ordaining married men is a way forward, a retired bishop says. This is because those bishops are in charge of diocese where there is a significant shortage of priests, said Bishop Crispian Hollis. The former ordinary of Portsmouth diocese said he is increasingly Read more

Irish bishop calls for serious look at married priests

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

An Irish bishop wants his fellow bishops to set up a body to look at the possibility of ordaining married men to the priesthood. Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore has urged his colleagues to arrange a commission to this end. Bishop O’Reilly also wants such a commission to study the possibility of female deacons. He will raise the Read more

Napier’s new combined parish to sort out buildings

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Now that Napier’s three parishes have been combined decisions have to be made about the use of the buildings. The four lay staff and three priests, who previously worked within the three parishes of St Mary’s, St Patrick’s and St Thomas More, are presently working out of the unified parish’s temporary site at St Mary’s Read more