The Rev. Harry Cavanaugh of the Marion Cluster of Catholic parishes, pauses for prayer at the altar at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Maria Stein. Cavanaugh, 78, is a member of the Precious Blood Society. The Society, like other religious orders, continues to search for solutions to the priest shortage problem as present clergymen age and fewer candidates apply.
Some area Catholic parishes now led by Precious Blood priests will likely be administered by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in the near future as clergy shortages continue. [More