June 14, 2015
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the closure of three churches on Sunday.
In a press release, the Archdiocese said that Incarnation of Our Lord Church in Olney, Our Mother of Sorrows in Bridgeport, Montgomery County, and Holy Saviour Church in Linwood, Delaware County, will all close as Roman Catholic churches.
Incarnation of Our Lord Church was designated and used as a worship site after the parish merged with nearby Saint Helena Parish in July 2013. Holy Saviour Church was also designated and used as a worship site after its parish merged with Saint John Fisher Parish that same summer.
Our Mother of Sorrows had been empty and unused since its closure in 2001 when its parish merged with Saint Augustine Parish.
In all three buildings, the Archdiocese cites high repair and maintenance costs as reasoning for closure. The decisions, according to the Archdiocese, originate at the parish level before approval from Archbishop Charles Chaput, and the future of the buildings will be determined by their respective parish and finance councils.