Historical Recap – Part 12

After over a year of working and praying together, the Task Force determined that it was time to start discussing not only the number of parishes, but which parishes. Our first proposals involved four parishes – either two downtown and two in the West End or one downtown and three in the West End. However, we soon decided we needed only two or three parishes. The reason for the change in thinking was our fear that the next generation would have to go through this process all over again. In other words, if trends don’t change, there will be far fewer Catholics in Steubenville in the years to come. We felt that with four parishes our children may find themselves in the same predicament we face today. We decided to do what none of us really seriously considered before. Our perspective dramatically changed when we imagined ourselves twenty years in the future looking back to the decisions made today.

Fr. McGuire

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