INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Catholic archbishop announced Wednesday morning that three parishes will close.
Archbishop Joseph Tobin made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday morning at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.
Tobin said the three closing parishes will be merged into other parishes and will officially close in November.
"I recognize that there will be grief for the members of the three parishes that will close and sincerely regret the pain that these decisions will cause," Tobin said.
The three parishes are: St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Church of the Holy Cross.
The archdiocese says the changes come after discussions among 47 parishes in Indianapolis and neighboring Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson and Morgan counties.
"It's trying to position the Catholic church in a way that we will be able to respond to the world as it is now and as it goes forward," Tobin said.
Similar archdiocese announcements in the past few years have led to the closing or consolidations of numerous parishes in southeastern Indiana and the Terre Haute area, in part because of the declining number of priests.
"It's not a complete surprise. We realized this was a possibility and so I think we just start from where we are now and go forward," said Father Chris Wadelton with Holy Cross & St. Philip Neri Parishes.