St. Genevieve Church

BISHOP CHRISTOPHER COYNE has decided that St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Shoreham should close, ending its 143-year run as a place of worship. A group of congregants had hoped to save the church through a myriad of spiritual and philanthropic events held during the past six months at the majestic building. Independent photo/John Flowers
SHOREHAM — Christopher Coyne, bishop of the Burlington Catholic Diocese, has decided to close St. Genevieve Church in Shoreham village. It has served as a place of worship for 143 years. Coyne last year identified St. Genevieve for possible closure in light of a decline in worshippers and the need for substantial renovations to the majestic church building at 3167 Route 22A. A core group of St. Genevieve parishioners has spent the past several months trying to fortify the building as a hub for worship, philanthropy and outreach, but diocese leaders decided earlier this month that it should no...
It was a shock to parishioners and council members of St. Genevieve/St. Bernadette’s Catholic community to hear last month that Bishop Coyne may close down and possibly demolish St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church that heads Main Street in Shoreham Village. Built in 1873, St. Genevieve’s has a long-standing, proven Catholic presence in our community. This decision may be made as soon as Nov. 1. As a group, we are urgently campaigning to save our church. Please help us by sending a letter/message to Bishop Coyne proving we value the presence of our local, iconic, historic church in Shoreham, and...

THE BURLINGTON CATHOLIC Diocese is considering closure of St. Genevieve’s Church in Shoreham. The 142-year-old building that needs major repairs, and attendance at masses has flagged. Independent photo/John Flowers
SHOREHAM — Christopher Coyne, bishop of the Burlington Catholic Diocese, is expected to decide later this fall whether to close St. Genevieve Church, a majestic place of worship that has also helped define Shoreham village’s streetscape for the past 142 years. If it does close the Shoreham church, the Burlington Diocese could choose to maintain or dismantle the building, and either sell or rent the property. “These are separate decisions, and the proceeds remain with the parish,” said the Father Luke Austin, who serves the congregations of St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury and the St....

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