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Several Catholic churches in Baltimore area may close, merge under new proposal

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UPDATE: The final list of closures has been announced.

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BALTIMORE, MD—The Archdiocese of Baltimore has announced a list of several Catholic churches that may close or merge in and around the Baltimore area.

The “Seek the City to Come” proposal realigns Catholic parishes throughout Baltimore City and some nearby communities in Baltimore County. Pastoral leadership for each location would be determined at a later date.

The list of proposed closures and mergers that will be discussed at public forums on April 25 at Archbishop Curley High School and April 30 at Mount St. Joseph High School. Both events are scheduled to take place 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

In northeastern Baltimore County, Church of the Annunciation (Rosedale), St. Michael the Archangel (Overlea), St. Clement Mary Hofbauer (Rosedale), Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Essex), St. Clare Catholic Church (Essex), Immaculate Heart of Mary (Towson/Parkville), St. Thomas More (Parkville/Hillendale), and St. Pius X (Baltimore/Towson) would all be affected.

Below is the full list, per the Catholic Review:

Basilica of the Assumption

(Immaculate Conception, Baltimore, parish territory added)

East Baltimore Parish

Seated at St. Francis Xavier with St. Ignatius territory added. Parishes merging:

  • St. Francis Xavier
  • St. Ann
  • St. Wenceslaus

Near East Parish

Seated at St. Leo the Great. St. Patrick Hispanic ministry moves to Highlandtown Mosaic Parish. Parishes merging:

  • St. Leo the Great
  • St. Patrick
  • St. Vincent de Paul

Canton Parish (mosaic)

Seated at St. Casimir. Parishes merging:

  • St. Casimir
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Highlandtown Parish (mosaic)

Seated at Sacred Heart of Jesus with Hispanic ministry and additional worship site at Holy Rosary with Hispanic and Polish ministry. Parishes merging:

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Holy Rosary
  • Our Lady of Pompei

Bayview Parish (radiating)

Seated at Our Lady of Fatima and includes Hispanic ministry. Parishes merging:

  • Our Lady of Fatima

Dundalk Parish (mosaic)

Seated at Our Lady of Hope. Parishes merging:

  • Our Lady of Hope
  • Sacred Heart of Mary
  • St. Luke
  • St. Rita

Essex Parish (mosaic)

Seated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel with Hispanic ministry. Parishes merging:

  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • St. Clare

Far Northeast Parish (radiating)

Seated at Church of the Annunciation with additional worship site at St. Michael the Archangel and includes Hispanic ministry. Parishes merging:

  • Church of the Annunciation
  • St. Michael the Archangel
  • St. Clement Mary Hofbauer

Far North Parish

Seated at Immaculate Heart of Mary. Parishes merging:

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • St. Thomas More

Cathedral of Mary Our Queen

Seated at the Cathedral with Filipino ministry. Parishes merging:

  • Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
  • Shrine of the Sacred Heart
  • St. Pius X
  • St. Thomas Aquinas

Near Northeast Parish (radiating)

Seated at St. Matthew. Parishes merging:

  • St. Matthew
  • Blessed Sacrament
  • Most Precious Blood
  • Shrine of the Little Flower
  • St. Anthony of Padua
  • St. Dominic
  • St. Francis of Assisi
  • St. Mary of the Assumption

Charles North Parish (radiating)

Seated at Ss. Philip and James with campus ministry at JHU/MICA. Parishes merging:

  • Ss. Philip and James
  • Corpus Christi

Near Northwest Parish (mosaic)

Seated at St. Ambrose. Parishes merging:

  • St. Ambrose

Far Northwest Parish (mosaic)

Seated at New All Saints. Parishes merging:

  • New All Saints
  • St. Cecilia
  • Immaculate Conception, Baltimore

West Baltimore Parish (radiating)

Seated at St. Bernardine with additional worship site at a second to-be-determined location (St. Peter Claver to remain open temporarily). Parishes merging:

  • St. Bernardine
  • St. Peter Claver
  • St. Edward
  • St. Gregory the Great
  • St. Pius V
  • part of Transfiguration Catholic Community

Southwest Baltimore Parish (mosaic)

Seated at St. Agnes. Parishes merging:

  • St. Agnes
  • Our Lady of Victory
  • St. Benedict
  • St. Joseph’s Monastery
  • St. William of York

South Baltimore Parish (mosaic)

Seated at Holy Cross with additional worship site at Transfiguration. Parishes merging:

  • Holy Cross
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • part of Transfiguration Catholic Community

Curtis Bay / Cherry Hill Parish (radiating)

Sited at St. Rose of Lima and additional worship site at Cherry Hill Town Center. Parishes merging:

  • St. Rose of Lima
  • St. Athanasius
  • St. Veronica

Personal Parishes:

St. Alphonsus Liguori
St. Ignatius

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