Massive overhaul slated for Chicago Archdiocese; "as many as 100 churches could close over the next 14 years"
Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich told priests and advisers in meetings in recent weeks that the shortage — an estimated 240 priests available in 2030 for the archdiocese's 351 parishes — could necessitate closings and consolidations. The archdiocese governs parishes in Cook and Lake counties.
Based primarily on those projections and on future capital needs, the priests who attended the meetings say a large number of churches could close over the next 14 years. Several of those priests who attended the sessions with the archbishop shared details about the reorganization process with the Tribune, some requesting anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussion and because they didn't have permission to speak on behalf of the archdiocese.
The reorganization process will kick into high gear next week when auxiliary bishops begin meeting with parish leaders and staff in their regions to discuss solutions.
Priests who spoke to the Tribune said, based on the expected priest shortfall and future infrastructure needs, as many as 100 churches could close over the next 14 years.continue at Chicago Tribune
also WSJ: Archdiocese of Chicago Facing Parish Closures
In an interesting related development, I received this email over the weekend.
Knowing that you had earlier covered the Shrine of Christ the King, I thought you would be interested to learn that there is still hope of saving this Renaissance Revival masterpiece by architect Henry Schlacks.Photo
Preservation Chicago has received pledges to cover the cost of stabilizing the Shrine of Christ the King in Woodlawn, a Chicago Landmark threatened with demolition by the Archdiocese since early January. The Archdiocese has said that rebuilding the church, which lost its roof in an October fire, would be “cost-prohibitive.”
To announce this wonderful news for a Chicago Landmark, the Coalition to Save the Shrine, the group which has been advocating for its preservation, will hold a Press Conference in front of the Shrine at noon tomorrow, Monday, February 8th. The announcement will be made by Ward Miller, the Executive Director of Preservation Chicago. Also confirmed in attendance in support of #SaveTheShrine are Bonnie McDonald and Lisa DiChiera, the President and Director of Advocacy for Landmarks Illinois and Jack Spicer, the Preservation Director of the Hyde Park Historical Society.