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;0 # ist PAGE 15 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC SEPTEMBER 16, 1990 priest primarily responsible for sacra- mental ministry in a parish and the priest canonically in charge of the parish. At the beginning of this year the diocese listed 31 diocesan and 30 reli- San Angelo, TX (CNS) - To face a gious priests active in the diocese. W0rst-case scenario of half as The diocese ordained three priests priests in 20 years, a task force of this year and expects to ordain three San Angelo Diocese has issued a parish more next year, but has no current c_lus.tering and consolidation plan that prospects for ordinations for the next tSsion Uld affeCtby thenearlyyear 2010.every parish and four years after that. Should the whole plan take effect, 0 of the diocese's 49 parishes would e joined in 20 separate clustering decisions Women I '. ,., ', and two parishes would be religious COnsolidated into one. .Two-thirds of the diocese's 21 mis- heading parishes S!Ons Would be affected, either by being l ked to a cluster or by being shifted In Diocese of Toledo to Service from another parish. "The plan in its totality would staff Parishes of the diocese with only 28 priests,- the " " - A tasz torc6 said. The San gelo Diocese has about 70,000 tholics spread out over 37,000 square railes. cthoThe biggest change was projected for e next five years, with two parishes rlso : lidatmg into one and 16 parishes (0.truing eight dusters by 1995. Twelve tditional parish clusters were pro- JeCted between 1995 and 2010. evi The plan is to be reviewed by priests d parishioners before it is finalized er' this year After that it is to be ewed annually. TWo of the clusters in the first phase ok effect earlier this year" St Theresa ~1 - / " " ts tSbad was clustered with Sacred "tear I- t Cathedral in San Angelo, and St. mTes in Sanderson was clustered with OSeph in Fort Stockton. n August, Divine Providence Sr. Stela Cuadalupa Tovar was installed as .v St0ral Coordinator of St.James Parish h ,Sanderson, becoming the first non- est COordinator of a parish in the ese. of a PrTahe plan envisions a variety p- ,. ches to clustering, depending on , .size and other circumstances of the v lShes involved, coor tli/t foresees use of lay pastoral tli atrs and associates and a possible ounction in some cases between the Toledo, OH (CNS) - It's another sign of the growing priest shortage in the U.S.: A year ago the Diocese of Toledo had two parishes headed by non-priests. Now it has seven. The latest non-or- dained parish leaders are: * Sr. Virginia Welsh, St. Mary, Toledo. * Sr. Kathleen M. Scott, St. Francis de Sales, Toledo. The two parishes are part of the Riverside group of four churches in Toledo's central city which work to- gether in various ways. The fifth new parish to receive an unordained leader is St. Louis parish in East Toledo, where Sr. Betty Glemboski was appointed in June. At the annual Toledo Diocesan As- sembly in March, parish representatives from throughout the diocese listed greater lay involvement and ministry in parish life as the top priority among Church concerns in the diocese. Their statement said many parishes "have not yet implemented the diocesan guidelines that would prepare them for the eventual loss of a full-time priest." Last fall the Toledo diocese, headed by Bishop James R. Hoffman, began its first formation program to train non- priests as pastoral administrators. Of more than 100 applicants, ten sisters and two laywomen were accepted. Sr. Welsh, who holds a Master's de- TOO SMALL Morrilton Plumbing Ileaung Co. 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