There was nothing new in the story by religion writer Colette M. Jenkins. A quote from from Fr. Dan Reed, pastor of St. Bernard-St. Mary Parish, summed it up.
Bishop Richard Lennon met with a group from St. Mary to discuss the reopening and plans to meet with a group from St. John the Baptist this month.
While parishioners wait for word from the bishop on who will lead the reinstated parishes and a date for the openings, some are continuing to serve and worship in the parishes they now call home.
Some say they will return to their old parishes, but most are waiting to see what happens.
Among those quoted was David Doughtery who has become active in St. Paul Parish.
Dougherty, one of the former St. Mary’s parishioners who has already met with Lennon, said he doesn’t expect any movement until leadership is assigned to each parish slated to reopen. Dougherty would not share details of the meeting but said the four parishioners in his group discussed their hopes for St. Mary’s.
“We just shared our ideas and he was very interested in listening to what we had to say. He said he is going to come to Akron and say the first Mass when St. Mary’s reopens,” Dougherty said. “We were not looking for things to be done our way and he wasn’t looking for things to be done his way. We’re Catholics and he is the bishop and we believe he is doing the best he can to do this as well as possible.”
Dougherty is on the finance council at St. Bernard-St. Mary’s and was on the finance council at St. Mary’s. He said he is waiting to see who will lead St. Mary’s Parish before deciding whether to return.