The Bishop of Wrexham has said that the closure of a third of all churches across north Wales is a “huge opportunity for renewal,” reports The Catholic Herald.
In a pastoral letter to the diocese, Bp Peter Brignall announced that he plans to shut 22 out of the 62 churches by 2020.
“To some it will be shocking, to others not radical enough; to some it will come as a relief, to others a disappointment or even a scandal; to us all it will be a challenge, but I firmly believe also a huge opportunity for renewal.
“It will mean pastors and communities will have to look afresh at how we live parish life, how the Catholic Church in north Wales is profoundly missionary.”
Bp Brignall said that some of the changes would begin in the next few weeks.
“Churches are going to be closed and I hope some new ones built; parishes are going to be suppressed and new ones established, and some Mass times will be altered. Not all of this will happen at once, but some of it will happen immediately, ie within weeks.”
Photo: Bishop Peter Brignall (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)