Braintree: Boston Cardinal approves archdiocese reshuffle

Cardinal Sean O’Malley has approved a plan to reorganize the Boston Archdiocese’s 288 parishes into 135 clusters that share staffing and resources.

Listen here to Katherine Perry’s report on the church reorganization:

The plan announced on Thursday aims to help the archdiocese deal with worsening finances and attendance, as well as a looming priest shortage, without shutting down parishes.

The archdiocese is banking on an ongoing evangelization drive to bring Catholics back into the pews and strengthen the local church. Right now, about 16 percent of Boston Catholics regularly attend Mass and 4 of 10 parishes can’t pay their bills.

The new clusters will combine from one to four parishes, and be headed by a single pastor and run by merged staffs. Each parish will retain its legal identity, but the clusters could shed redundant buildings and other resources.

About Katherine Perry

Katherine Perry, a graduate of Duxbury High School and The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has really made her mark since her arrival at WATD. She is the daughter of the owner, Ed Perry, but that doesn't stop Katherine from consistently nailing out a solid news cast. She also works as a reporter, and specializes in in-depth features.