Archdiocese is closing Ascension Church in Harrowgate

Posted: September 26, 2012

Archbishop Charles Chaput has approved plans to close the Ascension of Our Lord Parish in Philadelphia's Harrowgate section, the Archdiocese announced today.

Parishioners can now go to either Holy Innocents Church, about 1.7 miles away, Visitation, B.V.M. Parish, less than a mile away, the Archdiocese said in a statement.

It said the church will not be maintained as a worship site since the 98-year-old building requires at least $3 million in physical improvements.

The closure, effective Oct. 1, is the latest in a series by the Archdiocese as it deals with declining enrollments and rising maintenance costs for aging church buildings.

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