St. Joseph the Worker Parish


STATEMENT RE: St. Joseph the Worker Parish

From Terease Osborne, Chancellor Diocese of Scraton

Following the closure of the former Mater Dolorosa Church, the Diocese of Scranton respected and participated in an appeal process that resulted in the Diocese being informed by the Congregation for the Clergy, Vatican City, that all requests for hierarchical recourse against the closure of Mater Dolorosa Church were denied and the right for additional recourse has been exhausted. This decision thus allows the St. Joseph the Worker Parish – its priests and its people – to explore and determine the future use of its parish properties, including the Mater Dolorosa property. The Diocese of Scranton remains committed to supporting the parish through this process and ensuring that its buildings and their contents, including those of Mater Dolorosa Church, are handled in the most reverent and appropriate manner possible. At present, the parish and its consultative bodies are assessing its situation and developing a strategic plan so that its resources are used well and wisely. As the Church, the Diocese and all of its parishes are equally committed to being servant leaders who build community through hospitality, respect, inclusion and holiness and will work with community leaders and concerned citizens in the Williamsport community and beyond to promote initiatives that are rooted in the Gospel of Life and support the needs of the local community.

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