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New diocesan alignment announced by Bishop Murry

Published: Fri, May 28, 2010 @ 10:57 a.m.

Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is confident that parishioners will accept a diocese reconfiguration plan announced this morning.

“In order to grow, all of us must leave something behind,” he said. “But we are not alone in our journey.”

Bishop Murry said the final plan is very similar to what was released in February.

He said at that time five parishes sent in suggestions, and four of these were incorporated into the final plan. The bishop did not discuss specific changes during a news conference this morning.

He said there will be 87 total parishes once the reconfiguration is complete.

The bishop said the plan should take about two years to implement, though some parishes are ready to begin now.

Columbiana (County) Deanery

Collaborative units:

St. Jude, Columbiana and Our Lady of Lourdes, East Palestine.

St. Paul, Salem and St. Patrick, Leetonia.

St. George, Lisbon; St. Agatha Mission, West Point; St. John, Summitville; St. Philip Neri, Dungannon; and St. Patrick, Salineville.

Merged units:

St. Aloysius and St. Ann, East Liverpool; and Immaculate Conception, Wellsville.

Mahoning North and South Deaneries

Single units: Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Joseph, Austintown; St. Charles, St. Luke and St. Edward, Boardman; St. Michael, Canfield; St. Paul the Apostle, New Middletown; Holy Family, Poland; St. Christine, Youngstown, St. Columba, and St. Brendan Youngstown; and Holy Rosary, Lowellville.

Collaborative unit: St. Dominic and St. Patrick

Merged units:

St. Elizabeth; St. John the Baptist; St. Joseph the Provider; St. Lucy and St. Rose of Lima.

Sts. Cyril & Methodius; Holy Name; and St. Mathias.

St. Casmir, St. Stanislaus and St. Columba

St. Anthony and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

St. Stephen of Hungary; Our Lady of Hungary and Sts. Peter & Paul.

St. Nicholas and Holy Trinity, Struthers. Immaculate Conception and Sacred Heart, Youngstown.

St. Catherine, Lake Milton, and St. James, North Jackson.

Trumbull (County) Deanery

Single units: St. William, Champion; St. Robert, Cortland; St. Patrick, Hubbard; St. Mary and St. Joseph, Newton Falls; Queen of the Holy Rosary, Vienna; Blessed Sacrament, Warren; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Niles; St. Mary, Warren.

Collaborative units:

St. Stephen, Niles and St. Mary, Mineral Ridge. St. Rose, Girard and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, McDonald.

Merged units: St. Bernadette, Masury and St. Vincent de Paul, Vienna. St. James and Sts. Cyril & Methodius, Warren. St. Pius X, St. Joseph and Christ Our King, Warren.

Source: Youngstown Catholic Diocese


1CCmom(31 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

What is the status of St. Dominic's and St. Patrick's?

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2daysleeper47(59 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

87+ parishes in the diocese and only five provided comments on this plan? Either the article has been poorly written and explained, or the diocese has pastors that don't give two cents about their churches. Maybe someone can clarify what was meant by this?

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3msweetwood(161 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for pointing that out. We have updated the list to reflect their status as a "collaborative unit."

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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4observant1(76 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

WOW!!!! 18 months of restructuring and we still don't know anymore than what we were told in Feb. We as members of the Catholic Diocese Of Youngstown deserve better.
Is the bishop afraid of alienating the faithful?
With all due respect, here is a news flash for the Most Reverend George V. Murry: S.J.: The faithful are highly upset over the uncertainty of the future of their respective parishes. Nobody wants their church to close, however, most of us know that due to the circumstances that exist, restructuring has to occur.
So stop dragging your feet on this issue and be courageous enough to make an announcement as to what churches will be shuttered. Additionally, please stop using words like PROMULGATING and COLLABORATION. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
My suggestion to all members of all the parishes whose worship sites will be determined at a later date is to put an empty envelope in the collection basket, however, you should write on it the following, "CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE DETERMINED AT A LATER DATE. This way we might get the clergy's attention."

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5tdclac69(13 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

To "observant1"- I agree with you 100%- this announcement was a total disappointment to those of us who have been in "limbo" for the past 18 month!! We all are well aware that changes have to be made but can someone tell me why we cannot have lay administrators run these parishes so that the priests can do what they were ordained to do- administer to the spiritual needs of our people!

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6pm4384(1 comment)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I for one am very unhappy about this. They are going to close down my church, Holy Name, which is probably the most beautiful church in Youngstown. If anyone out there hasn't been there, you need to go, just one time. It will be a very sad thing to close down such a beautiful place. The churches they build today don't even look like churches.

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7jeratboy(127 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

This is the first time I have agreed with every previous post.
Holy Name is a beautiful church, but it sure is tough for pall bearers.
The people deserve to know what churches will remain open. The DOY told us nothing!
My parish reps were picked, and know nothing. They were not even aware that the Cleveland diocese was closing churches. Don't you think that if an adjacent diocese was going through what the DOY was going to go through, that they would have followed every move they made? It is an ethnic church, but the reps aren't members of that nationality.
I think the next bishop will be closing about half of the ones that will remain open now. He will have no choice.

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