Reopening dates known for all Roman catholic churches closed in 2009 by Bishop Richard Lennon

CLEVELAND - Opening dates for all closed catholic churches in the Cleveland area are now known.

St. Adalbert in Cleveland
2347 East 83rd St., Cleveland
New Pastor: Rev. Gary Chmura
Opening date: Aug. 12 at 11 a.m.

St. Barbara in Cleveland
1505 Denison Ave, Cleveland
New Pastor: Rev. Joseph Hilinski
Opening mass: July 22, 11 a.m.
(Parish officially opened on July 16)

St. Casimir
8223 Sowinski Ave., Cleveland 44103
New Pastor: Rev. Eric Orzech
Opened July 15 at 11:30 a.m.

St. Patrick (West Park) Parish & Church
4427 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland
New Pastor: Rev. James Ols
Opening mass: July 22 at 11 a.m.

St. Peter in Cleveland
1533 E. 17th St., Cleveland 44192
New Pastor: Rev. Robert Kropac
Opening date: (Kropac takes over parish on July 30, should set date after that)

St. Wendelin
2281 Columbus Rd., Cleveland 44113
New Pastor: Rev. Robert Kropac
Opening date: July 29 at 11 a.m.

St. Mary in Bedford
300 Union St., Bedford
New Pastor: Rev. Daniel Begin
Opening date: July 22 at 11 a.m.

St James Parish
17514 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 44107
New Pastor: Rev. Joseph Workman
(also pastor at St. Clement Parish; he will be the pastor of both churches)
Opening mass: July 25 at 7 p.m.

St. John the Baptist in Akron
1044 Brown St.
New Pastor: Rev. A. Jonathon Zingales
Opened July 15 at 10 a.m.

St. Mary in Akron
750 S. Main St.
New Pastor: Rev. Daniel J. Reed
Opening date: Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

St. Emeric, on W. 22nd Street in Cleveland, still does not have a pastor or a reopening date.

The 11 churches were among 50 that were closed in 2009 by Bishop Richard Lennon. Parishioners, many of them second- and third-generation members of the churches, challenged some of the closings, staged sit-ins and other protests and even created a breakaway congregation.

In April, Lennon announced the area Roman catholic churches would reopen. The decision came after March's extraordinary Vatican decision to overrule his closing of the parishes, a rare instance in which Rome reversed a U.S. bishop on the shut down of churches. The Vatican said Lennon failed to follow Canon Law and procedures when he closed them.

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