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Bishop announces mergers across the Diocese of Evansville

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The Bishop of the Diocese of Evansville announced on Friday the establishment of new parishes over the next three years as the result of mergers that involve 24 existing parishes.  

It's all a part of the first phase of the Strategic Plan that diocese officials said would assure the long-term spiritual health of the diocese's 12-county Catholic community.

Most Rev. Charles C. Thompson said that none of the 24 churches involved in the parish mergers are closing as a result of the moves.

"More than five years ago, Bishop Emeritus Gerald A. Gettelfinger initiated the Strategic Plan," Bishop Thompson said. "We announce today the initial results of ongoing efforts that will focus on keeping the Diocese of Evansville a lively, faith-filled community."

The bishop said the ten mergers will take effect between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2016.

The ten new parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Evansville are:

St. Peter Parish in Montgomery, created by the merger of All Saints Parish in Cannelburg and the existing St. Peter in Montgomery. Effective July 1, 2014.

St. Martin I Parish in Chrisney, created by the merger of St. John Chrysostom Parish in New Boston and the existing St. Martin I in Chrisney. Effective July 1, 2014.

St. Francis Xavier Parish in Poseyville, created by the merger of Holy Angels Parish in New Harmony and the existing St. Francis in Poseyville. Effective July 1, 2014 (St. Wendel Parish in St. Wendel has been linked for several years with the existing St. Francis Xavier Parish. That link will continue with the newly created St. Francis Xavier Parish, effective July 1, 2014).

Christ the King Parish in Evansville, created by the merger of Holy Spirit Parish in Evansville and the existing Christ the King. Effective July 1, 2014.

Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Evansville, created by the merger of Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish in Evansville and the existing Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Effective July 1, 2016 (link to occur Jan. 1, 2015).

St. Boniface Parish in Evansville, created by the merger of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr Parish in Evansville; Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Evansville; and the existing St. Boniface. Effective July 1, 2014.

St. Mary Parish in Evansville, created by the merger of St. John the Apostle Parish in Evansville and the existing St. Mary. Effective July 1, 2014.

St. Clement Parish in Boonville, created by the merger of St. Rupert Parish in Red Brush and the existing St. Clement. Effective July 1, 2014.

St. John the Evangelist Parish in Loogootee, created by the merger of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Whitfield; Immaculate Conception Parish in Shoals; St. Joseph Parish in Bramble; and the existing St. John the Evangelist. Effective July 1, 2014.

St. Joseph Parish in Dale, created by the merger of Mary, Help of Christians Parish in Mariah Hill; St. Nicholas Parish in Santa Claus; and the existing St. Joseph. Effective July 1, 2015 (link to occur July 1, 2014).

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