Monday, February 11, 2008

More on church closings

After a post about possible Catholic church closings in Genesee County, an anonymous reader offered some more information. This is unconfirmed, so take it for what it's worth, but given the realities of certain Flint neighborhoods, it seems like a plausible scenario:

I still live in the Flint area and have connections with St. Mary's. I've been fortunate to be involved with meetings with Diocese of Lansing officials in future of all parishes and it does not look favorable for some.

My personal belief is the diocese has already made the decision, but the confirmed word this person has heard is that St. Mary's and St. Leo's in Flint, and Holy Rosary, and Blessed Sacrament in Burton will form a cluster, with St. Leo's closing immediately, and one of the remaining three will close within two years. No matter what happens, there's going to be some upset people.


  1. what's a flint? cocktail hour? dinner?

  2. Gordon --

    It's off topic but it's really nice to read about Flintown. Keep it up.


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