A decline in the number of priests and fewer active parishioners prompted a plan by St. Cloud Bishop John F. Kinney to reorganize 15 St. Cloud metro-area Catholic churches.
“I have chosen not to close or merge any of these parishes … because I believe this plan allows the greatest flexibility possible for the future,” Kinney said Wednesday.
The plan calls for 11 priests to serve the 15 churches, which will be organized into five groups and three stand-alone churches.
The plan will take effect July 1, 2007, and is expected to affect about 46,000 Catholics in the Diocese of St. Cloud. [snip] St Cloud Times