LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - More Roman Catholic priests in Indiana are serving multiple churches because of a declining number of priests despite a rise in the number of parishioners.
The Journal & Courier reports the Lafayette diocese had 154 priests in 1990. By 2010, that number had dropped to 129. During that same time period, the number of parishioners rose from 84,600 to 100,691.
The Rev. Bob Klemme serves both St. Charles Parish in Otterbein and St. Patrick Parish in Oxford in north-central Indiana, celebrating 10 Masses each week in addition to officiating funerals and weddings.
Priests from other countries, such as Nigeria and Mexico, help ease the shortage. There are four international priests in the Lafayette diocese. In 1990, there were none.
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