Catholic churches plan still under consideration

CHENANGO COUNTY – Reconfiguration and consolidation proposals from throughout the Diocese of Syracuse are still under review, diocese officials say – with no specific date set for final decisions regarding the future of the churches in Chenango County or elsewhere.

“The diocesan discernment process for the 32 areas continues,” said diocese pastoral planning Director Father James Lang, referring to the 32 pastoral care areas, of which Chenango County makes up one. “I am certain that folks expect that we will take some time examining all of the issues that surround the future of the parishes and the reports from the Pastoral Care Areas in the seven counties.”

In November, Father Douglas Cunningham, the pastor of St. Bartholomew’s and St. Paul’s churches in Norwich, said initial responses to the plans from Syracuse should arrive by March. A final outline for pastoral care areas is expected by July 1, 2007.

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