By Taelor Rye
A press release from Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah published on August 22 announced the immediate closing of the Saint Mark Parish in Eastman and the Holy Redeemer Parish in McRae.
Saint Mark and Holy Redeemer, parishes within the Macon Deanery, serve 36 and 33 households, respectively, according to Father Allan J. McDonald of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon.
As stated by Diocese of Savannah Director of Communications Barbara D. King, there are no current plans to reopen either parish.
According to Hartmayer’s release, the reason for the closings is the resignation of Father Daniel Oghenerukevwe, MSP. Hartmayer attributes Oghenerukevwe’s resignation “in part, because of internal conflicts and discord that has existed in the communities in recent years.”
Hartmayer continued, “This is a serious and unfortunate situation that has not been able to be resolved.”
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