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Parishes set to merge in Catholic Church restructure

Published: 12:08PM Tuesday May 14, 2013 Source: ONE News

Dozens of Catholic parishes at the bottom of the North Island and top of the South Island are set to merge, in an unprecedented restructure for the Catholic Church.

With 46 territorial parishes currently in the Wellington archdiocese, the new proposal would see some of them merge into 24 completely new parishes.

The proposal follows an extensive two year review, and comes at a time when some church buildings are facing expensive earthquake strengthening work, while a shortage of priests is continuing to pose problems.

The Church is now consulting on the proposal, and hopes to have a final plan in place by September.