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Catholic churches close, consolidate in North Country

The Diocese of Albany is closing two North Country churches next year and four other churches will be forced to share priests. The decisions were announced on Saturday following a two-year process that included public input from Roman Catholics throughout the diocese. In Glens Falls, St. Alphonsus church will close. Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Granville will also shut down. Churches in Corinth and Lake Luzerne will merge and share a priest by next summer, but both buildings will remain open. Churches in Chestertown and Hague will also merge. In all, the diocese will close thirty-three worship sites. The downsizing reflects a growing priest shortage. In the 1960s, there were more than 400 priests in the diocese. That number is expected to drop below 100. Attendance has also declined in many churches. Bishop Howard Hubbard called the changes a "painful adjustment." He pointed out that the church where he worshiped as a child in Troy is one of the parishes slated to close.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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