Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Archdiocese of Detroit: Heavy cuts in central staff???

Something caught my eye in a post covering a church closing in Cleveland. At the end of the article, Rocco Palmo writes (emphases mine):

On a related note, as the economic downturn takes a continued toll on church resources at every level, tomorrow will see the rollout of significant administrative cuts by the especially hard-hit archdiocese of Detroit.

Termed a "bloodbath," up to a third of the Motor City's 200-some central staff could lose their jobs, according to early projections.

The crisis in the region's all-powerful auto industry has led to a jobless rate of 15% across Michigan, with the ranks of the unemployed approaching 30% -- over three times the national average -- in Detroit itself.

I know how it feels to be in waiting. Pray for these people. Thus far, I have survived several cuts at my place of employment and there is another one in the wings this month. I can attest that it's also very hard on "survivors" after a large cut.

Pray also for our Archbishop. There are many joys that go with the job given him, but this ain't one of 'em.

God help us all through this tough economy.


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3 comments:

lizaanne said...

Hi Diane - any updates on this story that you know of? I've been praying for the AOD, and our Archbishop. This can't be an easy time for anyone going through this - there and elsewhere in the city.

Anonymous said...

I work in a parish. Word from my pastor is that 1/3 of AOD staff did indeed lose their jobs today. No specifics. Prayers would be appreciated.

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Here's confirmation at the Detroit Free Press: 77 jobs. Ouch!