Diocese Of Scranton Cut In Half

02.02.09 | FL News Team

The Catholic Diocese of Scranton has announced plans to consolidate and close parishes beginning in July. Bishop Joseph F. Martino says changing demographics, a drop in giving, and a smaller number of priests are all reasons for the diocese's decision to reorganize.

In an audio address delivered to every church, Bishop Martino acknowledged that some parishioners will be upset with the closings and restructuings. However, he reminded them that their love of God and wanting "to see the faith preserved" was more important.

The diocese's 209 parishes will reorganize to 118. Lackawanna and Luzerne counties will see their number of parishes cut in half. The eastern region, including the Poconos, will see fewer cuts due to a growing population of Catholics.

Click for the diocese's official announcement
Plans to restructure the Northern Pastoral Region
Plans to restructure the Southern Pastoral Region
Plans to restructure the Eastern Pastoral Region
Plans to restructure the Western Pastoral Region