The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that three churches previously merged with other parishes will no longer serve as worship sites after Jan. 7 and will close as Roman Catholic churches.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput approved the closure of the Our Lady of the Holy Souls church building at 19th and Tioga Streets in North Philadelphia, which became part of Our Lady of Hope Parish in 1993; the Saint Stanislaus Kostka church in Coatesville, which became part of Saint Joseph Parish in 2012; and Saint Leo church in Tacony, which became part of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in 2013.

The archbishop officially relegated the buildings to "profane but not sordid use,"  a formal designation that means that the buildings will no longer serve as worship sites and will close as Roman Catholic churches.