March 11, 2013

The Chicago Archdiocese has laid off 60 pastoral centre employees and must consolidate some of its agencies because of a deficit in the budget of its administrative operations, according to Cardinal Francis George.

He announced reduction in staff and other changes in his column in the Catholic New World, the archdiocesan newspaper.

“Like so many other families and institutions, the Archdiocese of Chicago has suffered during the economic downturn of these past few years,” he said.

The archdiocese’s “administrative operations have run operating deficits of more than $30 million in each of the past four years.”

Those now out of a job will receive severance pay and continued health insurance coverage and can access services of an outplacement firm contracted by the archdiocese to help them find new jobs, he said.