Protesters gathered outside of the Archdiocese of Seattle offices on Oct. 10 to contest the announced closure of St. Mary’s Church, a mainstay of the Seattle community. Unless the Archdiocese reverses course, St. Mary’s is scheduled to close and merge with St. Therese, another Catholic church in the area. The Archdiocese plans to close several local churches due to a lack of parishioners, priests and funds. St. Mary’s has long been a fixture of the community, serving English and Spanish-speaking congregants. It also hosts one of the larger food banks in the city, which serves the surrounding neighborhood, distributing as much as 3 million pounds of food every year.
Ashley Archibald is a freelance journalist and former Real Change staff reporter. Her work can be found in the South Seattle Emerald, KNKX and the Urbanist.
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