The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has completed the initial reconfiguration plan announced in the spring of 2010.
The plan was a response to the declining number of parishioners and priests, but diocesan officials said the plan is still a work in progress.
In the two years since the plan began, the Diocese went from 112 parishes to just over 80.
“We’ve seen 17 canonical mergers that involved 42 parishes. We’ve seen nine collaborations where they’re sharing a pastor that involved 19 parishes,” said the Rev. Nick Shori of the Diocese of Youngstown.
Twelve churches also closed their doors for good. Several of those properties were sold or are pending.
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