Church Project Theorem: Dead Parish Walking


As a way to stave off closing, neighboring parishes are often twinned, or joined together, to pool resources, save money and increase efficiency. In those cases, mass schedules are often reduced, and one pastor handles duties at both. It doesn’t always involve two struggling parishes; sometimes, a struggling one is pared with a more stable one. For example, Most Blessed Sacrament being attached to the more prosperous St. Francis de Sales.

Why, then, is called Dead Parish Walking? Because twinning signals that a parish can no longer make it on its own. It becomes, literally, walking death; alive only through the graces of the Archdiocese and its twin parish, offering few services, slowly creeping towards inevitable closing.

Notable Examples