Time for Steubenville Catholics to speak up

To the editor:

A few weeks ago, not only was there an extensive article in the Herald-Star about the ending of a 10-year attempt to create a cathedral in Steubenville, but there was also an article in the Steubenville Register that all members of the Steubenville diocese receive. It spoke to the ending of the cathedral project and then gave a list of all the diocese churches and their reason for the possibility of being declared the new cathedral. It seemed very clear that the basilica in Marietta was a preferred choice.

In the last 10 years, all the parishioners in the diocese have suffered from the merging and closing of various churches. And yes, for many it was a suffering to see their beloved church where they were baptized, married and for many buried, closed and sold off. Now it may be an intention to move the entire cathedral from Steubenville to another city? Do you want this to happen?

Speak up members, of the Diocese of Steubenville. In 1944 Pope Pius XII sent John King Mussio to establish our diocese in Steubenville. At that time, we were a thriving city with a population of 30,000 to 40,000. Today we have half of that number, and we still are the center of the diocese. Do we want to see that taken from this city? Are those who are making decisions looking for a more favorable building or location?

Use your voices, Catholics in Steubenville. Contact our pastors, contact our bishop. We have wasted 10 years not speaking up when we had the opportunity. If we don’t use our voices and power, we just may lose one more thing. Speak up, Steubenville Catholics.

Becky Salvino

Member of Holy Family Parish



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