Are they closing in?
While the Dioceses of Peoria grows more wealthy as the Bishop closes and sells most of the “merged” churches due to his policy of “growing in faith together,” what I see is many parishioners losing their faith altogether.
When I was the ADA director in the ‘90s, we had 198 Catholic churches in the Diocese of Peoria; now there are 158. There were 128 families that attended St. Thomas More in Dalzell; now since closing and opening our church, there are 20 families that attend.
Once the merging is finished there will be one church in each town, and some towns will be without a church like Seatonville and Ladd. The Diocese of Peoria may not have more than 40-50 churches in its Diocese, once the merging is accomplished.
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