The Catholic Diocese of Evansville announced Friday 24 parishes will be condensed into ten. Diocese leadership said affected parish and finance councils will likely combine and some mass schedules may change. No churches will close.
Father Alex Zenthoefer is the pastor of Christ the King Parish in Evansville. His parish is merging with Holy Spirit Parish. Both have schools, but Zenthoefer said he doesn't foresee any changes for either campus.
"At this point the schools will remain open as long as both remain viable and ministries of the parish," Zenthoefer said.
Bishop Charles Thompson said there is a possibility of job loss in positions that have several parishes, but said there is also the possibility of growth.
According to the Catholic Diocese of Evansville:
- All Saints Parish in Cannelburg and St. Peter Parish in Montgomery will merge July 1, 2014
- St. John Chrysostom Parish in New Boston and St. Martin I in Chrisney will merge July 1, 2014
- St. Francis in Poseyville and Holy Angels Parish in New Harmony will merge July 1, 2014
- Christ the King Parish in Evansville and Holy Spirit Parish in Evansville will merge July 1, 2014
- Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish in Evansville and Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary will merge July 1, 2016
- St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr Parish in Evansville and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Evansville will merge July 1, 2014
- St. Mary Parish in Evansville and St. John the Apostle Parish will merge July 1, 2014
- St. Clement Parish in Boonville and St. Rupert Parish in Red Brush will merge July 1, 2014
- St. Martin of Tours Parish in Whitfield, Immaculate Conception Parish in Shoals, St. Joseph Parish in Bramble and St. John the Evangelist will merge July 1, 2014
- Mary, Help of Christians Parish in Mariah Hill, St. Nicholas Parish in Santa Claus and St. Joseph Parish in dale will merge July 1, 2015\