Shortage of clergy, money and parishioners = 50 closed Detroit churches

The Archdiocese of Detroit is expected to announce this month its plans to close 30 suburban and as many as 20 urban parishes.  To put this in perspective, the Archdiocese included 112 parishes in 1988.  The closings will mean about a third of them remain.

Many of the proposed closings will amalgamate congregations.  But the loss of services and vitality to Detroit neighborhoods will be felt.  No small loss now as Detroit faces its most serious challenge in the months ahead fending off state control and bankruptcy.

Here’s a link to the Detroit Free Press article.