Tuesday, September 11, 2007

St. Anthony, Toledo

The greatest loss of the parish closings, from a design standpoint. The congregation had dwindled far too much to be sustained, however.


Afries52 said...

so in other words, wrongfully stripped of everything by diocesan elite bad-men (like new york) and demolished?

Jeffrey Smith said...

No, Alex. A parish that small simply can't survive. If it had been Protestant, it would have folded years earlier.
In fact, if the diocese was only interested in money and were operated like a business, about half the parishes would have to be closed.

Afries52 said...

that's not what i was getting at, this time. I was getting at what happened to the furnishings

Jeffrey Smith said...

That's a good question. I've been told there's a diocesan storage place for things like that.
When St. James' closed, the altar and a statue came to my parish.
I'd guess that it was split between other parishes and the storage room.

Jeffrey Smith said...

That's interesting. I wonder how I could get in to have a look.

ShariYS said...

Oh, I'm just SICK! What a beautiful place that WAS!

Actually, though, I must respectfully disagree with the comment that the church would have folded years earlier if it were Protestant. I'll use historic Salem Lutheran again as a good example. It doesn't have really any larger of a congregation than St. Anthony's did at the end. But it's still plugging along ... the fact that the building is owned by the congregation (not by the NW Ohio ELCA Synod) is no small part of it - if the congregation can keep it going however, fine. Salem does receive ALOT of outside help, from volunteers as well as donations from other churches, synod coalitions, and the regional and national offices with regard to their programs ... invaluable to their impoverished neighborhood. No one wants to lose those missions!