Churches, one school campus to remain open but be run by single council
And three shall become one.
The Catholic parishes of Port Washington and Saukville are heading toward another dramatic transition with the approval from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee of a proposed merger.
The parishes of St. Mary’s and St. Peter of Alcantara in Port Washington and Immaculate Conception in Saukville have been operating as an organizational cluster for six years while maintaining individual control over such things as finances and facilities.
That will change as of July 1, 2016, when they combine into a single congregation.
Merging the parishes was recommended by the tri-parish cluster council earlier this year and was endorsed by the archdiocese last month.
The new parish will also incorporate Port Catholic School, which is consolidating its classes on the St. Peter campus on the north side of Port Washington for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. The St. Mary’s campus will be closed.
Although the details of the merger are still being worked out, Father Patrick Wendt talked about the decision at the end of Masses at all three of the churches.
Since the retirement of Father Tom Lijewski this summer, Wendt has been the only priest assigned to the cluster.