Grand Rapids unviels downsizing plan

From Michigan Live: Grand Rapids, Mich. diocese unveils major downsizing

The Grand Rapids Diocese today will formally release what leaders are referring to as a “roadmap for the future”—a plan that calls for a dramatic restructuring of parishes across West Michigan through mergers, clusters, and the closing of three Grand Rapids-area churches.

The “Our Faith, Our Future” plan is nearly three years in the making and involved consultation with priests from all nine deaneries of the diocese, and parish lay members.

Bishop Walter A. Hurley gave his approval April 5.

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