Cincinnati archdiocese to restructure

Staff report

CINCINNATI — As part of a Cincinnati archdiocese proposal named Beacons of Light, the Northwest Families of Parishes’ will have two priests for its four Petersburg churches.

Which two priests will be assigned to Petersburg’s umbrella won’t be disclosed until early 2022.

Currently, Pastor Sean Wilson and Parochial Vicar Jedidiah Tritle serve as the priests for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, St. John in Fryburg/Wapakoneta, St. Lawrence and Immaculate Conception in Botkins.

The new plan, which Archbishop Dennis Schnurr announced Sunday, includes the restructuring and consolidating of 208 parishes into 57 “families of parishes” that will share priests beginning in early 2022.

A configuration map depicting the changes includes the disclaimer: “The number of priests per Family of Parishes is projected and subject to change.”

Schnurr stated in a recorded message Sunday to his congregation: “Your thoughtful feedback has significantly shaped this phase of our pastoral planning.” He asserted the Beacons of Light initiative — which has been in development since October — would lead to “stronger parishes, centered on the Eucharist, that radiate the love of Christ.”

The Family of Parishes, according to a letter by Schnurr, brings the curtain down on the Beacons of Light initial phase.

“We know as much as the archdiocese press release,” Bobbi Donovan, adminstrative assistant for Petersburg Parishes, said Tuesday.

Part two of the Beacons phase is slated to get underway July 1, 2022.

The Families of Parishes map is available online at

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