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February 26, 2008
RE TED Farrell's Feb. 14 letter: The number of high schools nationally that graduate less than 50 percent of their students has increased by 70 percent. We have more than our share in Philadelphia, and they contribute disproportionately to rising crime in our city. Catholic schools are a part of the solution. With more than 85,000 students in the Delaware Valley, impressive graduation rates and academic results, Catholic schools provide an alternative to our public schools.
NEWS
August 26, 2009
CHILDREN with access to Catholic schools have an opportunity to receive an education that develops confidence to succeed in school, on the job and in life. Dan Geringer's Aug. 19 article discussed the possibility of consolidating some of the Catholic high schools in the city, which has proven a successful alternative to leaving a community without a parochial school. Merging schools helps sustain quality education and supports a system that produces qualified high-school graduates, the vast majority of whom go on to higher education.
NEWS
January 2, 2009
I'D like to thank Dan Geringer and the Daily News for the moving piece about 7-year-old David Atkins and St. Martin de Porres Interparochial School. In light of the tragic murder of David's father, the school has gone above and beyond in helping his family rebuild their lives. The support provided by the school and its member parishes illustrates the critical role that Catholic schools play in our neighborhoods. While the primary focus is on education, we can't discount the importance of the lessons in human compassion that are ever-present in these schools.
NEWS
September 3, 1990 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
This could be the year that parish schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia end an era of declining enrollment caused by a drop in the birthrates, population shifts and rising tuition. When schools open Wednesday throughout the five-county archdiocese, officials expect about the same number of students to enter the 235 parish elementary schools as left in June. This modest improvement after years of decline is cause for hope. Total enrollment in local Catholic schools dropped from 138,595 in 1985 to 125,135 in the school year that ended in June - a 9.7 percent decline.
NEWS
May 1, 1995 | By Yvette Ousley, Daily News Staff Writer
Some 25,000 Philadelphia children could arrive at private and parochial schools with vouchers in hand by September 1996 under Gov. Ridge's school- choice plan. Will the Archdiocese of Philadelphia be ready? For the last 25 years, Catholic schools have been on a steady decline - the result of increased costs and declining enrollments. Schools have closed. Buildings have been sold. Teachers have remained among the lowest paid. An influx of new students would mean having to find space, hire more teachers - and pay for both.
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NEWS
May 22, 2016
On April 23, the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute celebrated its 166th anniversary with the Philo Mercy Works Ball. Founded in 1850, the institute was known for educating immigrant children and starting Catholic schools in the region. The black-tie event was held on all three floors of the historic Stotesbury Mansion in Philadelphia. More than 165 guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, cigars, and billiards, all for a good cause. The evening raised $100,000 to benefit Mercy Vocational High School, the only Catholic Vocational High School in the country, and the Philopatrian Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to hundreds of students attending Catholic colleges and universities in the city.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
Five students were arrested Wednesday after a handgun and drugs were found at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Upper Darby, police said. The school was placed on lockdown for about two and a half hours while police searched for the gun, said Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. Around 11 a.m., a student saw a boy apparently selling marijuana to two girls at a trolley stop at Garrett Road and Lansdowne Avenue. At some point, the boy pulled a gun and threatened the girls, Chitwood said.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Can a song save your life? When John Carney's movie Begin Again - with Keira Knightley as a heartbroken balladeer and Mark Ruffalo as a career-in-crisis record exec - debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, that was the original title. Can a Song Safe Your Life is a title that would have worked on Carney's breakthrough effort, too, the little Irish movie that could, 2007's busker romance Once . Carney just as easily could have applied the title to his latest: the buoyant, autobiographically tinged 1980s coming-of-age tale Sing Street . All three are affirmations of the power of music.
NEWS
April 12, 2016
Bucks County Catholic school to close Declining enrollment and rising educational costs will result in the closing of St. Agnes-Sacred Heart School in Hilltown at the end of the school year in June, officials announced Sunday. Students are being given the option of "transitioning" to nearby Catholic schools for 2016-2017, the pastors of St. Agnes and Sacred Heart churches told parishioners. Families who do so will be paid a $1,000 subsidy per student each year if they attend any one of the surrounding schools.
NEWS
March 14, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
As president of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, Janet Dollard is in charge of everything except academics on the small Bucks County campus. But in these challenging times for Catholic school enrollments, her job has been taking her far beyond Fairless Hills, on a mission to sign up foreign students willing to spend big money to pursue an American high school diploma. This month, for the fourth time in as many years, Dollard flew to China to spend three weeks sales-talking parents.
NEWS
March 7, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
When Francis House opened at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden in 1996, only one of its expected guests showed up. But during its peak years, 2005 to 2012, 60 people who were infected with HIV and AIDS, or their friends and family, would show up for meals and fellowship three days a week in the Francis House portion of the former parish convent. Susan Piliro was its director for 19 years, and, she said in a phone interview, "for 18 of those years Donna stood right beside me. " Donna Lindsay Civa was the volunteer partner in the two-woman team, Piliro said, because "she wanted to be around these people and make them happy.
NEWS
February 12, 2016
ISSUE | EDUCATION A vote of confidence The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has extended its management agreement with Faith and the Future Foundation, the nonprofit organization established to oversee and manage 17 high schools and four special-education schools. Four years ago, there were questions about whether lay leaders would step forward to stabilize, sustain, and strengthen these legacy institutions. We now know that the answer is a resounding yes. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has encouraged us to reengage the community and discuss the value of Catholic education in a way that hadn't been possible.
NEWS
February 6, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Thursday that the Faith in the Future Foundation's management of archdiocesan high schools has been so successful that both sides have agreed to an early contract extension. The announcement, which the archdiocese called a highlight of Catholic Schools Week, was made at Archbishop Ryan High School in the Far Northeast - one of the 17 archdiocesan secondary schools in the five-county archdiocese that enroll 13,300 students. "We weren't sure if it was going to work, so we entered into a contract for a limited time in order to test it," the archbishop said.
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