Diocese of Venice plans on no church closings

Although the Archdiocese of Miami has decided to close some churches and centers due to effects of the harsh economy, that is not the case with the Diocese of Venice, which covers 56 parishes in a 10-county area, including Manatee County.

“We have no plans to close anything down,” said Rob Reddy, assistant communications director for the Diocese of Venice.

“We have been very strategic in our growth,” Reddy said, adding that congregations must have financing in hand before proceeding with new projects.

The Southwest Florida economy has been hurt by a soaring rate of foreclosures and high unemployment rate, which has depressed the level of giving from the pews, Reddy said.

Recently, the Diocese of Venice welcomed the opening of Christ the King Chapel, which conducts Latin Mass, near Phillippi Creek Estates, east of Siesta Key, Reddy said.