Posts Tagged ‘priest shortage’

Priest shortage – Spain considers options

Monday, March 18th, 2024
priest shortage

An ongoing rural ministry priest shortage in the Spanish region of Castile has bishops, vicars and deans looking for new ways to serve. The problem is urgent, as what worked in the past when there were plenty of priests doesn’t work today. “We cannot expect things to change if we always do the same thing” Read more

Skip Mass to help cut costs Dutch Catholics told

Monday, September 5th, 2022
Dutch diocese to cut Masses

Rocketing energy bills and a shortage of priests have driven a Dutch Roman Catholic Diocese to cut the number of Masses in some churches. The southern Diocese of Roermond wrote to its parishes last week to encourage some to periodically skip Mass, spokesman Matheu Bemelmans said on Thursday. “Finances cannot be a dominant factor, but Read more

Evangelisation promoted in tiny sub-parishes

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Evangelisation doesn’t depend on big parishes, says Hanoi’s Archbishop Joseph Vu Van Thien. Even tiny ones, like those with just 70-200 parishioners each, can still evangelise others. The way Catholics live out their faith is what’s important, he says. They should trust in God, who always loves and blesses them. They should also try to Read more

Parish restructuring will buy time, but not much

Monday, July 11th, 2022
looks critical

No priests, no Eucharist, no Mass – the situation for parishes in Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese looks critical. Thirty-four priests in the diocese have died since February 2020. The youngest was just 52. New proposals on restructuring parishes in the archdiocese will buy the Church some time. Not much though – between five and ten years Read more

Priest shortage: Your bishop needs your advice

Monday, October 18th, 2021
priest shortage

Thank you for coming! My name is Bishop Pascal. I am the ordinary in the Diocese of Heartlands, and I need your help. Let me first tell you my situation and some of the options that are being proposed to me for dealing with it. Then I’ll welcome your suggestions or proposals. Our diocese has Read more

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
churches for sale

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