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Bishop McKnight’s Decree

As public health officials continue to urge caution and cases of COVID-19 rise in our diocese, I have extended my decree regarding pastoral activities for our diocese. We urge parishes and schools to work with local public health officials in providing guidance to our parishioners and school families. At a minimum, we should abide by local health guidance. Effective immediately, the Chancery staff will be abiding by the following protocols:

  • We are restricting visits from external partners, customers, parish priests, school personnel, candidates and any other guests in the Chancery offices. In person meetings are to be cancelled and scheduled virtually if possible.
  • Chancery staff are to refrain from visiting parish offices and schools in person. All business trips are cancelled. 

Parishes are encouraged to continue to remind parishioners of the value in following public health officials’ recommendations. Let us continue to pray with and for one another, and all those affected by the pandemic and our efforts to mitigate its spread.