FOR RELEASE: Immediate DATE SENT: December 12, 2021
SUBJECT: Merger of St. Michael Parish (Windham) and St. Ambrose (Garrettsville); Formal Suppression of St. Stanislaus (Youngstown)
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YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO – The Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, announces two decrees that are part of the process of formalizing pastoral planning decisions previously implemented as part of the 2019 Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Youngstown, which was approved by the late Bishop George V. Murry, S.J.
Effective December 12, 2021, St. Michael Parish in Windham has been merged with St. Ambrose Parish in Garrettsville. This formalizes current arrangements, as there has not been a consistent worshiping community gathered at St. Michael Parish for several years, and St. Michael, St. Ambrose, and St. Joseph Parish (Mantua) already shared a pastor and have collaborated in various ways. Following the 2019 Pastoral Plan, St. Ambrose Parish in Garrettsville and St. Joseph Parish in Mantua will continue to exist as parishes who share a pastor, with the Holy Mass celebrated at each church.
Effective December 12, 2021, St. Stanislaus Parish (Youngstown) has been canonically suppressed. This formalizes current arrangements, as St. Stanislaus celebrated its final Sunday Mass in June 2020.
In accordance with Canon 515.2 of the Code of Canon Law, the Diocesan Presbyteral Council met on November 2, 2021 to give consultation to the Bishop, unanimously recommending decrees for both parishes after diocesan consultations with representatives of St. Michael Parish (October 31st) and St. Stanislaus (November 1st). Decrees will be published on the diocesan website at www.doy.org beginning December 12, 2021.
The Diocese of Youngstown is currently engaged in a pastoral planning process which involves all parishes in its six counties. The current process was initiated by the late Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., who issued a written pastoral plan in 2019. Bishop David Bonnar continues to implement that plan and guide the diocese in pastoral planning. He states, “It is my dream that parishes throughout the Diocese of Youngstown will work together regionally to do what Pope Francis has invited us to do: proclaim the Joy of the Gospel with adaptivity and become one in unity and mission. I am committed to making sure that our structures match our dreams for mission. We are stronger when we are together!”