‘I have such a deep pain’ – Camden Merge Parishioner

Here is another article on merging parishes. This one is in the Diocese of Camden.


On July 31, St. Joe’s and the city’s five other remaining parishes — of the dozen that existed in the early 1970s — will be merged to form three new ones, marking the end of what for generations had been a collection of stand-alone parishes rooted in neighborhoods with distinctive ethnic identities.


“I have such a deep pain,” said Cramer Hill resident Lydia Braggs, 90, who helped establish the first Spanish-language Mass at St. Anthony’s in 1971. “The only thing that makes me a little bit happy,” she added, “is that we will still have Masses at St. Anthony’s.”

I wonder if there is a patron saint of closing churches. St. John of Nowhere?

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