PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Even the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is suffering from the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The diocese announced recently that it is permanently eliminating 10 administrative positions and has reduced the hours of other staffers due to a decline in weekly parish donations and contributions to the annual Catholic Charity Appeal.

The moves are expected to save the diocese approximately $1.6 million annually. Some of the positions were eliminated through retirements.

“This was a deeply challenging process, but necessary in light of our shared responsibility to maintain fiscal sustainability for our local church,” Monsignor Albert Kenney, diocesan vicar general and moderator of the curia, said in a statement.

The goal of this year’s charity appeal was $7.2 million by mid-summer, but so far it has raised about $4.2 million.

Houses of worship in Rhode Island were closed for in-person services in March when the pandemic hit and reopened with limited capacity in May.

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