New $17M Camrose church among those building up as others struggle
Declining church attendance, priests shortage and rising building costs are common factors that are forcing dioceses across the country to close churches and amalgamate parishes.
However, it is not all bad news. There are some areas of the country where brand new churches are going up.
For now, the $17-million, 35,000-square-foot St. Francis Xavier Church is a hollow building that towers over a main street in Camrose, about 100 kilometres southwest of Edmonton. But in a few months time, Rev. Larry Pederson said it will be a shining beacon of Christ’s presence in the small city.
“This is such a positive and important statement for