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.
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 ...
March 21, 1990 |
The Catholic Diocese of Camden has formed an advisory committee of religious, business and education leaders to study the needs of Catholic schools in the diocese during the next decade and recommend ways to meet those needs. The 18-member committee, which held its first meeting last week, is expected to make its recommendations in about six months, according to David T. Coghlan, assistant superintendent of schools for the diocese and secretary of the committee. The committee will report to Msgr.
June 1, 2011
Public and Catholic schools in Philadelphia will close early today because of the combination of heat and high humidity. Both the Philadelphia School District and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced 1:30 p.m. closings. The district said routine transportation will be provided at that 1:30 p.m. dismissal. The Archdiocese said the early closing affects only its schools in the city, not in the surrounding suburban counties. School District updates can be found at www.philasd.org or through the information line, 215-400-4636.
April 8, 1988 |
Catholic schools should seek out and teach the "worst cases" from public schools - dropouts, discipline problems and the disadvantaged - and then ask their local communities to help pay the bill, U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett said yesterday. Bennett said the program, dubbed Project Voluntas, Latin for goodwill, would help Catholic schools prove their effectiveness at a time when various federal subsidies have been urged for private schools. Those proposals have prompted criticism from opponents who say such subsides as tax tuition credits and government vouchers would violate the constitutional separation of church and state.