THE HISTORY and PASTORS
OF ST. PAUL & ST. ANN PARISH
CONGERS, NEW YORK
|1||2015 – present||Rev. Vladimir Chripko|
In 2014, the Archdiocese of New York, under the leadership of his eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, commenced the “Pastoral Planning Initiative” known as: Making All Things New. This was a hard look at the state of the Churches and Parish attendance of the Archdiocese. While there was some serious ‘math’ involved in the process, the end result was 139 parishes with some variety of weakness (some financial, some in attendance, some with both) were to be merged into 65 stronger more tenable parishes as of August 1, 2015.
The “new” Parish of Saint Paul and Saint Ann was the result of such a merger. While some complain of it being the end of their loving parish – the final chapter in their collective history – it is not – it is the rebirth of one much healthier unified Parish. The same friends and family with some fresh new faces and blessings. As with any newborn, some patience and love will be required to nurture growing process.
To quote from the Cardinal’s letter to the Parish:
…After careful consideration, I have decided that there will be a new structure. On August 1, 2015, Saint Paul Parish and Saint Ann Parish will merge: the two Churches will both remain open, with Saint Paul as the main Parish Church, but the two will now be considered one Parish, to share priests, with one Pastor — who will live at Saint Paul’s — one Parish Staff, one Parish Council, one set of Sacramental Records, one financial account, one group of Trustees, and a developing process of working more closely together in common apostolates, activities, and organizations.
The goal of Making All Things New is simple: to ensure that all of our parishes are active, vibrant communities of faith. Now, you will be part of a new community of faith, joining with the faithful of the [other] Parish … in becoming a new spiritual family.
…. your beloved church remains open; yet, resources, priests, staff, and buildings can be more effectively used. That’s pastoral planning….
Will add more…but for now: their website.
KEEPING OUR ROOTS STRONG