Monday, September 16, 2013

New Stake in Italy

Yesterday the Church created its second stake in Rome from a portion of the original Rome Italy Stake and the Napoli Italy and Sardegna Italy Districts.  The Rome Italy West Stake includes the following five wards and seven branches: The Cagliari, Caserta, Ladispoli, Roma 1st, and Roma 4th Wards and the Battipaglia, Castellammare, Flegreo, Napoli, Olbia, Oristano, and Sassari Branches.  The realigned Rome Italy Stake was renamed the Rome Italy East Stake and includes the following five wards and two branches: The Pescara, Roma 2nd, Roma 3rd, Roma 6th, and Terni Wards and the L'Aquila and Roma 5th Branches.  The creation of the new stake was primarily made possible due to strong active membership and congregational growth within the original Rome Italy Stake (organized in 2005).  The Roma 6th Ward, for example, was created from the Roma 3rd Ward; a ward that split just last year to form the Roma 5th Branch.  It is likely that additional branches in both stakes will mature into wards within the foreseeable future.  See below for a map of LDS units in the Italy Rome Mission.



View Wards and Branches in the southern Italian Peninsula, Sardegna, and Sicily (Italy) and Malta in a larger map
There are now nine stakes and three districts in Italy.

10 comments:

Mike Johnson said...

It looks like each of the former districts had a branch become a ward.

Mike Johnson said...

The Ngau Tau Kok Ward, Hong Kong China Stake, was created on 15 September. There are now 7 wards in the stake:

Aberdeen Ward
Causeway Bay Ward
Chai Wan Ward
Kwun Tong Ward
Ngau Tau Kok Ward
Tseung Kwan O Ward
West Point Ward

Mike Johnson said...

The Cedar Valley Branch (Spanish), Eagle Mountain Utah West Stake, was created on 15 September. There are now 7 wards and 1 branch in the stake:

Cedar Fort Ward
Eagle Mountain 2nd Ward
Eagle Mountain 3rd Ward
Eagle Mountain 6th Ward
Eagle Mountain 7th Ward
Eagle Mountain 11th Ward
White Hills Ward
Cedar Valley Branch (Spanish)

Mike Johnson said...

The Coari Branch, Brazil Manaus Mission, was created on 15 September. There are now 2 districts and 9 independent branches in the mission:

Boa Vista Brazil District
Itacoatiara Brazil District
Brazil Manaus Mission Branch
Coari Branch
Cruzeiro do Sul Branch
Formoso Branch
Ji-Paraná Branch
Remanso Branch
Tefé Branch
Vilhena 1st Branch
Vilhena 3rd Branch


The Diur Branch, Kolwezi Democratic Republic of the Congo District, Democratic Republic of the Congo Lubumbashi Mission, was created on 15 September. There are now 5 branches in the district:

Dilala Branch
Diur Branch
Kolwezi Branch
Manika Branch
Mutoshi Branch


The Boyle Heights Ward (Spanish), East Los Angeles California Stake (Spanish), was created on 15 September. There are now 7 wards and 1 branch in the stake:

Arroyo Ward (Spanish)
Belvedere 1st Ward (Spanish)
Belvedere 2nd Ward (Spanish)
Boyle Heights Ward (Spanish)
Fletcher Ward (Spanish)
Los Robles YSA Ward (Spanish)
San Gabriel Ward (Spanish)
El Molino Branch (Spanish)

Xavier Raveau said...
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Xavier Raveau said...

The third stake in Paris, the Paris France South stake has been created last sunday, and has 5 wards (Antony, Évry, Le Mans, Melun, Orléans) and 5 branches (Alençon, Blois, Bourges, Chartres and Tours).

The Angers France stake became the Rennes France stake and absorbed the Lorient district to be able to become/remain a stake with 5 wards (Angers, Cholet, La Rochelle, Nantes and Rennes) and 7 branches (Brest, Cherbourg, Lorient, Quimper, Saint Brieuc, Saint Nazaire and Vannes).

The Limoges ward and the Poitier branch who were in the Angers stake became part of the Bordeaux France stake.

The Chatelain's said...

So the Lorient district didn't help at all. Not one of the six branches became a ward. I thought La Rochelle ward should have gone to Bordeaux as well and LeMans should have been stayed with Rennes. Just a real let down when the orginal headline was that two stakes were to result from the conference.

Mike Johnson said...

All congregations in France are now in stakes.

There are 61 wards and 46 branches in France. They are in the following stakes:

Bordeaux France Stake: 6 French wards and 7 French branches
Lille France Stake: 6 French wards and 4 French branches
Lyon France Stake: 7 French wards and 1 French branch
Nancy France Stake: 4 French wards and 5 French branches
Nice France Stake: 6 French wards and 5 French branches
Paris France East Stake: 7 French wards and 3 French branches
Paris France South Stake: 5 French wards and 5 French branches
Paris France Stake: 6 French wards and 2 French branches
Rennes France Stake: 5 French wards and 7 French branches
Toulouse France Stake: 6 French wards and 4 French branches
Geneva Switzerland Stake: 2 French wards and 2 French branches
Lausanne Switzerland Stake: 1 French wards and 1 French branch

Mike Johnson said...

The Nancy stake also includes the Luxembourg Ward, so it has the required 5 wards as well.

The branches do contribute to the requirements for creation of a stake. Their membership counts toward the total membership requirement. Also, active, full-tithe-paying, Melchizedek Priesthood holders (in excess of the 4-6 required for a branch in a stake) count toward the 24 required for the stake in excess of the number required for wards and branches.

John Pack Lambert said...

My stake at one point had a branch with 1 Melchizedek priesthood holder, period. They called two couples from elsewhere as stake missionaires there and made the husbands counselors in the branch presidency.

On the Rennes Stake, some branches may be close to becoming wards. Plus, with them in a stake they have easier access to a patriarch, relieve the mission president from doing temple recommend interviews for the members there and some other things. The second one may be a big concern with missions in many places having doubled the number of missionaries. While the surge lasts there are reasons to make it so mission presidents can concentrate on their elevated number of missionaries.

Also, some branches may be close to being wards. Not having them have to also provide the leadership for the district may allow them to be wards sooner.