It is not out of the ordinary for a priest in Door and Kewaunee County to host multiple services in different locations in a given weekend. At least 10 churches in Door and Kewaunee Counties have such an arrangement, spanning multiple denominations. Pastor Daniel Schuster certainly does not mind the 10-minute commute between St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Holy Trinity Parish in Casco. In fact, he says it is a throwback to a time over 100 years ago when all the buildings, schools, and pastoral staffs did not exist.
The priest shortage has been especially noted in the Catholic faith, where church leaders in the Vatican are entertaining a number of ideas to address it.