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Philly Archdiocese closing ethnic German congregation site in Manayunk

 St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church on Conarroe Street.(Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church on Conarroe Street.(Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

A Roman Catholic church that once housed an ethnic German congregation is the latest to be shut down by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia over declining membership and financial losses.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says St. Mary of the Assumption Church in the city’s Manayunk neighborhood will close Nov. 1.

The church merged with St. Josaphat parish in July 2012 to form St. John the Baptist parish. Since then, St. Mary has served as a worship site, but was infrequently used for worship, weddings and funerals.

The church was founded as an ethnic German parish in 1849. Most of the merged parish’s activities took place at the other worship site.

Archbishop Charles Chaput says the parish’s pastor requested the church be closed for financial reasons. The merged parish lost more than $142,000 last fiscal year.

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