Parishes to be Rezoned over Priest Shortage

Cathal Barry – The Irish Catholic

Parishes in one of Ireland’s largest diocese are to be rezoned as early as next year to cope with a severe shortage of priests, a bishop has revealed.

Bishop of Down and Connor Dr Noel Treanor exposed the crisis facing his diocese at the launch of a new pastoral plan for the diocese in Belfast.

“It is no secret the number of priests is declining,” Bishop Treanor told participants at the launch.