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Step Toward Clustering

January 11th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Blessed Sacrament, St. Boniface, and St. Mary downtown will also be clustering this coming June. As is normally the case before a new pastor or lay administrator is assigned to a parish, the respective churches submit a parish profile to Bishop Clark, supposedly so he can determine what kind of leader would best suit the parish(es) in question. Below is an article containing some parts of Blessed Sacrament’s parish profile. Note the highlighted part:

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The interesting item in the profile for a prospective leader is: “has a positive attitude toward lay leadership and women in leadership in the Church.” This is the kind of comment I would expect to see in the St. Mary downtown profile. Since two out of the three profiles likely include some sort of reference to promoting lay leadership, and specifically, female lay leadership, then it would seem all the more likely that Bishop Clark will install a lay administrator to run this cluster come June.

I hope this does not happen. A number of people who left St. Anne because of the lay administrator there went on to the nearby St. Boniface.

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8 Responses to “Step Toward Clustering”

  1. avatar Jim says:

    Jim M. here: The people who left St. Anne for St. Boniface will be even more disappointed, because Fr. Brickler, the pastor of St. Boniface is retiring in June. ( He was well liked by the people there for almost thirty years!) I’m not sure what kind of a situation St. Boniface will be in after Fr. Brickler leaves his parish!

  2. avatar Monk says:

    It should be called “Steps toward closing” because most likely there is a plan to close one or two of these churches in the not so distant future.
    I doubt they would close St. Mary’s so the other two parishes are probably in jeopardy. Thank God they didn’t include OLV!

  3. avatar Matt says:

    They can’t really include OLV…it’s a “personal parish” not a local parish

  4. avatar La Sandia says:

    OLV can only hold so many people…

  5. avatar Matt says:

    just as soon as theres a sung latin mass every week, my pew at olv will open up

  6. avatar Anonymous says:

    Dear Lord, let it be Deacon Condon, currently afflicting All Saints Parish in Corning. After all, you are all open to having administrators and not pastors…

  7. avatar Dr. K says:

    My pew already is open.

  8. avatar Anonymous says:

    I thought the plan was for Fr. Brickler to continue living there and say Mass, but not have the burden of running a parish at his age. I don’t believe he will willing leave St. Boniface.


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