New York Archdiocese considers closing, consolidating some parish churches

A final decision on the closing and consolidations of parish churches is not expected until January. (2/7/14)

GARNERVILLE - The New York Archdiocese is considering closing and consolidating some parish churches.

The plan is part of a process called "Making All Things New."

Father Joseph LaMorte of St. Gregory Barbarigo parish in Garnerville is one of 40 people, both laity and clergy, who will serve on the advisory committee that will make its final report to Cardinal Timothy Dolan in June.

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He says the process is similar to the one that resulted in the closing of parish schools like St. Peters and St. Augustine's in Rockland County last year.

While those closings were painful for parents, students and their teachers, LaMorte says, it's more than just looking at a spreadsheet and the bottom line.

"We'll be able to assimilate some of the talents and resources from the sending parish to the existing parish, and to use the gifts of the people to make a viable community stronger," he says.

A final decision on the closing and consolidations of parish churches is not expected until January.

For the complete interview with Father LaMorte, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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