Youngstown Diocese announces new name for merged parishes
The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has announced a new name for a church in Andover and Kinsman.
Back in March, the Diocese merged Our Lady of Victory in Andover and St. Patrick Parish into one parish. It came as a result of requests from parishioners, after a long period of partnership between the parishes.
The merged parishes will now be known as Our Lady of Hope Parish. It was announced to the members of the church this weekend.
In a letter, Bishop Bonnar wrote to the church "I pray that your community will increase in holiness, grace, and service in the spirit of Our Lady of Hope. I encourage your community to dig deeper into this interesting title for our Blessed Mother, rooted in experiences of the Christian people as they sought hope."
The Diocese says the decision comes after a period of consultation and prayer by Bishop Bonnar. Bonnar called the two parishes request to merge “a model for living the mission of the Church through collaboration and sharing.”