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Diocese of Covington Suspends Activities at Ludlow Church

The Diocese of Covington suspended all activities at St. Boniface and James Catholic Church in Ludlow.

The suspension includes the church's masses, Diocese of Covington spokesperson Laura Keener told The River City News.

The suspension comes amid rumors that the historic parish would close.

Keener said that is not the case.

"There are no plans to close Sts. Boniface and James Parish, Ludlow," Keener said in an email.

The diocese is investigating what it classified as "financial irregularities."

"Several weeks ago we discovered financial irregularities at Sts. Boniface and James Parish and are in the midst of an audit and investigation," Keener wrote. "Until the investigation is complete, all activities at Sts. Boniface and James Parish have been suspended."

Keener said more information would be provided when it is available.

The church hosted mass on Sunday morning.

According to the parish's website, the parishes of St. Boniface and St. James churches were merged in 1980, and Boniface moved to the James site on Oak Street as a combined parish.

St. Boniface was founded in 1872 to serve the German-speaking population of Ludlow and Bromley while St. James was founded in 1887 for English-speaking Irish Catholics of the two communities.

The former St. Boniface church on Adela Avenue is now used by the Trinity Presbyterian congregation.

The nearest Diocese of Covington churches to Sts. Boniface and James are St. Ann in Covington (1274 Parkway Avenue), which is 1.4 miles away, and St. Agnes Church in Ft. Wright (1680 Dixie Highway), which is 2.6 miles away, according to Google Maps.

This story may be updated.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher