Diocese in Ohio May Close 15% of Its Parishes

TOLEDO, Ohio, JULY 11, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Toledo Diocese is considering closing 24 of its 157 parishes in order to consolidate parishes with few members and to keep its dwindling number of priests from being overworked.

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Bishop Leonard Blair will announce the names of parishes involved in the recommended changes in September after a series of meetings with clergy and members of the diocese, the Toledo Blade reported Friday. A final decision is due next March.

The diocese counts more than 300,000 members. It now has 114 active priests, and predicts that number will fall to 84 by 2012, the Blade reported.

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