December 16, 1992 |
A potent combination of nitty-gritty politics and savvy brokering by business leaders and alumni saved five Philadelphia Catholic high schools from closing or merging - at least for now. Catholic high schools outside Philadelphia were not so lucky. Two schools each in Montgomery and Bucks counties will merge and the city of Chester's only Catholic high school will close in June, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua announced yesterday. Students at the remaining 22 archdiocesan high schools can now attend any school under a new policy of open enrollment.
July 15, 2008 |
Mary Rochford, a veteran Catholic elementary school educator and a former nun who is an advocate of using technology and sharpening students' critical-thinking skills for 21st-century careers, has been named superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Rochford, 55, is the first woman to hold the post in the history of the five-county archdiocese, according to officials who are scheduled to announce today that Cardinal Justin Regali has appointed her. As superintendent, Rochford will oversee 20 archdiocesan high schools, 182 Catholic elementary schools, and five special-education schools, enrolling a total of nearly 80,000 students.
January 22, 2012
Orlando R. Barone is a freelance writer in Doylestown I can spell obedience faster than anyone in the English-speaking world. I owe this talent to Sister Clement, who, back in fifth grade, spelled it repeatedly on the outstretched palm of my hand with her slim wooden pointer, one stroke per letter, until she grew weary of spelling obedience . The punishment was inflicted to cure an ailment I had. The letters ADHD ...
January 17, 2005 |
If the Catholic League were part of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Hubert A. Leach III wouldn't have to write and act like a lawyer. But since he's fortunate enough to be a doting father to one of the fastest high school runners in the country, Leach has stepped out of his professional element and into a public controversy that is shadowing the track-and-field scene from New York to Philadelphia. "Is it fair that our kids aren't getting the chance to compete?"
December 5, 2012
By Bryan Carter Earlier this year, a Philadelphia Archdiocese blue-ribbon commission made recommendations for strengthening the region's Catholic schools. They included major consolidations, some closings, and the conversion of more than a dozen former parish schools in underserved areas into "mission schools. " While much of the plan was implemented swiftly, the slated mission schools have not yet fully adopted their new model - for good reasons. For many students, parents, and educators, mission schools are an unfamiliar idea.
October 19, 1999 |
Camden Catholic and Gloucester Catholic likely will need to win just once in their next three games to earn football playoff berths. Both teams, Camden Catholic in Parochial 3 and Gloucester Catholic in Parochial 2, could be 4-4 at the Nov. 6 cutoff and earn playoff spots, according to the power ratings released yesterday by the NJSIAA. Teams with the highest power ratings after the eighth game will qualify for the playoffs. As many as eight per group will qualify, provided eight teams have .500 or better records.
April 5, 2003 |
The future of Roman Catholic secondary education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was looking grim in 1992. Enrollment had plunged 40 percent in the previous decade. Debt was soaring, and the archdiocese was agonizing over closing six high schools and merging four others. Instead, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua spared seven of the targeted schools and embarked on an innovative rescue plan. Modeled after private Catholic academies, the strategy called for strong school leadership, open enrollment, more fund-raising, and developing individual school identities.
October 25, 1992 |
The Montgomery County Commissioners have thrown their support behind the public efforts to keep Bishop Kendrick and Archbishop Kennedy High Schools open. During a Thursday meeting, the commissioners adopted a resolution that urges the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to "consider all aspects of the effects" of closing the two schools. Commissioner Jon D. Fox said he had talked to many parents who would be directly affected by the closing of the schools, and he "fully supports" their effort to keep the schools open.
April 24, 2008 |
A local business group announced plans to help boost the endowment of Chester's only Catholic school by $5 million over the next 15 months. Michael O'Neill, chairman of Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools, said yesterday that his group would help the school raise the funds. The proposal to help Drexel Neumann Academy came as O'Neill was set to join representatives of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at a White House summit today to discuss the saving of faith-based schools in inner cities.
September 7, 2012 |
First thing in the morning on their first day of school, some students at Mater Dei Regional School in Lansdale got a pop quiz - from the archbishop. "Do you know Latin?" Charles J. Chaput asked. Two fifth graders nodded cautiously. "Do you know the name of your school in Latin?" Mater Dei, "Mother of God," the girls answered. The archbishop commended the girls and turned to the next volunteer. "What is character?" "Uhhhhh . . . " replied the eighth-grade boy. Chaput's lesson in vocabulary, metaphor, and religious history was a fitting way to christen the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's newest elementary school.