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Parish Changes in South Seattle

From the Archdiocese of Seattle

After more than a year of strategic planning, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne issued three decrees for parishes in Seattle, which will take effect on July 1, 2022. Specifically, the parish of Our Lady of Mount Virgin will be closed, while St. Mary Parish will be merged into St. Therese Parish.

“My goal with these strategic planning efforts is to ensure we are a mission-oriented Church that continually draws people closer to Christ. By bringing together communities and resources, we are better able to provide vibrant pastoral care for all of God’s people,” said Archbishop Etienne, who began these efforts in 2020 in Tacoma, Everett and Seattle. “As part of these efforts, we are also examining our finite resources of clergy, lay leaders, finances, ministry and more so that we may be the best stewards of the gifts we have and balance them across the archdiocese.”

Please take time to read the full letter here:

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne Issues Decrees for Parish Changes in Seattle