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St. Louis Archdiocese to open new parish in Wentzville

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – The Archdiocese of St. Louis is establishing a new Catholic parish in Wentzville, the first in St. Charles and Lincoln counties since 1981.

The new parish will be called St. Gianna, named for a contemporary Italian saint who died in 1962.

The parish complex, when complete, will include a church, rectory, parish offices, and grade school on 25 acres on Highway N in Wentzville.

The parish will temporarily make its home at an existing structure.

The founding of a new parish in the St. Charles Deanery was a key recommendation of the archdiocese's strategic plan three years ago. It recognizes growth to St. Louis' suburbs and beyond.

The archdiocese last year closed or merged dozens of parishes in south St. Louis and north St. Louis County, where Catholic populations had fallen.

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