- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence says a declining number of priests could mean changes for some parishes next year.

Bishop Thomas Tobin tells WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/1IsEzRO ) he’s lost 46 priests from active ministry in the last six years - mostly due to retirement. He says there has been a net loss of 36 active priests in the state.

There are currently 260 priests in the diocese, with 150 of them involved in active ministry.

Tobin says priests may be asked to do more than one parish assignment. He says local Catholics should expect to see additional church closings or consolidations in 2016.

Rhode Island is the most heavily Catholic state in the country.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com


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