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Friday, November 23, 2007

Shortage of priests affects Connecticut

The shortage of priests is hitting West Hartford

Despite an influx of Hispanics, the decline in the number of priests is making an impact even in heavily Catholic Connecticut:

Father Henry Cody has served at St. Timothy's Church in West Hartford for 19 years. He said that in that time, he's seen priests come and go, but lately priests have mostly been going.

"We need priests. We need them badly," he said. "People are concerned because they love their parishes -- they want them to remain whole."

Cody is the only priest at the parish, and serves more than 900 families. He said that he, like several other priests in the town, is considering retirement.

More here from Channel 3.

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