Several Northland Churches Could Be Closing

By KBJR News 1

January 19, 2012 Updated Jan 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- A new strategic plan for the diocese of Duluth includes the possible closure of 19 churches in the Northland.

Bishop Paul Sirba announced today that a shortage of priests, changing demographics and serious infrastructure needs are all moving variables in the next five years for the Catholic Church.

Their five year strategic plan outlines the possible closure and merger of many churches in the Northland, especially on the North Shore.

The plan is not concrete and bishop Sirba wants to be able to adapt with changes as they come.

"we intend to move slowly and deliberately on these transitions, working closely with the people in the parishes in advance of any changes"

Five deaneries, or sub regions of the Northland were all included in the strategic planning process.

Duluth is projected to lose five pastors in the next five years.

Written for the web by: Zach Vavricka