Bishop David Zubik announced that the 188 parishes will eventually be consolidated into 57 multi-site parishes over the next few years. No churches will close immediately. Every Catholic church in Butler County will be affected by the changes, which will take effect in October.
The bishop said the massive reorganization was due to decline in mass attendance, the shortage of clergy and several other factors.
In Butler, the following existing parishes will be grouped together:
- St. Paul, St. Peter and St. Michael the Archangel in Butler, St. Andrew in Center Township and St. Fidelis in Meridian;
- Mater Dolorosa and St. Joseph in Chicora and St. Wendelin near East Butler;
- St. John in Coylesville, St. Joseph in Cabot and St. Mary of the Assumption in Herman;
- St. Alphonsus in West Sunbury, St. Christopher on the Lake in Prospect and St. Peter in Slippery Rock;
- St. Ferdinand in Cranberry Township, St. Gregory in Zelienople and Holy Redeemer in Ellwood City;
- Holy Sepulcher in Middlesex Township and St. Kilian in Adams Township