Dolan Announces Church Shake-Up

Thirty-one churches will no longer regularly offer masses and sacraments

Catholic parishioners in the New York City area are coping with the announcement Sunday of an organizational shake-up meant to compensate for the dwindling number of congregants at some local churches.

The plan, detailed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Archdiocese of New York, will merge dozens of area parishes. Thirty-one churches will no longer regularly offer masses and sacraments.

An additional 48 parishes will merge with a neighboring parish, although masses and sacraments will continue to be celebrated at both churches in each of the new parishes.

"This time of transition in the history of the archdiocese will undoubtedly be difficult for people who live in parishes that will merge,'' Dolan said. "There will be many who are hurt and upset as they experience what will be a change in their spiritual lives, and I will be one of them.''

The churches that will no longer offer regular masses and sacraments are:


- Nativity Mission, Manhattan
- Saint James/Saint Joseph, Manhattan
- Saint Stephen/Our Lady of the Scapular, Manhattan
- Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Manhattan
- Saint Stephen of Hungary, Manhattan
- Our Lady of Peace, Manhattan
- Saint Lucy, Manhattan
- Holy Agony, Manhattan
- Holy Rosary, Manhattan


- Visitation, Bronx
- Saint Ann, Bronx
- Saint Roch, Bronx
- Saint Pius V, Bronx
- Saint John Vianney, Bronx
- Nativity of the Blessed Lady, Bronx

Staten Island:

- Assumption/Saint Paul at Assumption, Staten Island
- Saint Mary of the Assumption, Staten Island
- Saint Roch, Staten Island
- Saint Mary, Staten Island


- Most Holy Trinity, Yonkers
- Saint Denis, Yonkers
- Saint Ursula, Mount Vernon
- Sacred Heart, Mount Vernon
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mount Vernon
- Most Holy Trinity, Mamaroneck


- Saint Mary of the Assumption, Haverstraw


- Saint Joseph, Poughkeepsie
- Saint Sylvia, Tivoli


- Saint James, Milton
- Saint Peter, Kingston

Contact Us