Principles of clustering for a new Mass schedule by Father Jim Hewes

We have received a submission from Father Jim Hewes of the Diocese of Rochester. He has written a reflection on the process of parish clustering, a challenging topic to many parishes nationwide. His reflection includes a list of guidelines for this difficult process. We thank Father Hewes for providing his work to the NFPC and to the readers of This Week.

For the PDF of his work, click here.


Father Jim Hewes is a priest of the Diocese of Rochester. Ordained for over 43 years, Fr. Hewes has served in rural, suburban, and inner city parishes as well as serving as a campus minister and prison chaplain. He is a trained and certified mediator, and formerly served as director of Project Rachel for 18 years.


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