Bishop David Zubik: No Churches Will Close

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Announces Reorganization Plans Saturday

Jennifer Bloodworth
April 27, 2018 - 6:31 pm
Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — In response to shifting populations, declining attendance and fewer priests, Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Bishop David Zubik will announce final decisions in the church's strategic planning initiative Saturday at 4 p.m.

Parish groupings will shift, but the bishop is dispelling rumors of church closures.  

“There will be no church, no parishes that will go out of existence and there will be no church buildings closing,” Bishop Zubik told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News.  

“One of the things that’s really important about this process, we’ve been taking a deliberate amount of time to be able to make sure we’re doing things right.”

The current 188 parishes’ 225 churches will be grouped into 48 new multi-site parish groupings. Each grouping will have anywhere from two to seven parishes. The changes will go into effect October 15.

“What’s going to be the challenge is for them to work to come together as an entire faith community.”

The bishop will give each new grouping two to five years to come together as a single parish. Priests are to work with churchgoers and return with recommendations for facilities needed for the new parish and suggested names for them.

“The church is the people of God and I just think it’s so important for our people to have some say into what they see in being wise about this,” the bishop said.

The mergers are expected to take place from 2020 through 2023. Bishop Zubik will announce each group’s timeline and priest and deacon assignments on Saturday, along with the maximum number of Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses for each new parish.