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Parish Clustering Comes to Diocese



In June 1983, the parish cluster program, where one priest cares for several parishes, was instituted.

The Diocesan Planning Commission, chaired by Rev. Philip J. Heslin, issued its first draft of its seminal document, 2000 Here We Come, which offered suggestions for parish clustering.

Lay formation programs were also instituted.

Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils also became important parts of parish life as the laity became more involved in the ministry and governance of parishes.