April 22, 1990 |
Stacking books and straightening desks are two of the ways Tiffany Carroll likes to help teacher Barbara O'Loughlin after school. Working in the brightly decorated first/second grade classroom at St. Margaret Mary School in Essington, Tiffany, 9, said she would miss O'Loughlin when the school closes forever in June. "I don't like the school closing," Tiffany said. "But I like my new school (St. Madeline-St. Rose), and my best friends are going to the new school, too, so it'll be OK, I guess.
July 12, 1998 |
On a rise above St. Maximilian Kolbe Church an open field will be transformed in the next two years into a $4.5 million parish school for kindergarten though eighth grade. The proposed three-level stone and stucco building for 400 children represents one of just two new elementary schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese built in the last three decades. The other is at St. Robert Bellarmine in Warrington, Bucks County. The fact that one of the new schools will be in Chester County is hardly startling to archdiocese officials.
January 24, 1988 |
In the last 10 days, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that two black parish schools in North Philadelphia will close; Archbishop Ryan High School in the Northeast will become co-educational, and high school tuition will rise by $60 in the fall. While some might wonder whether the changes mean the Catholic schools that serve 130,215 students in Southeastern Pennsylvania are in trouble, officials say the retrenchment is a necessary response to the changing demographic realities in the five-county archdiocese.
December 31, 2012 |
Janet Dollard was a few months into her first year as president of Conwell-Egan High School in Fairless Hills when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced in January it planned to close the school as part of a broad restructuring of Catholic education. Ultimately, Conwell-Egan and three other endangered high schools were saved, a foundation was established to manage them, and Dollard's school now has one of its largest freshman classes in years. "It was a whirlwind, really," Dollard recalled in a recent interview.
March 7, 1989 |
While some inner-city parish schools have closed in recent years because their deficits were draining parish coffers, one North Philadelphia Catholic school is embarking on a major enrollment drive - in part to boost church revenues. Faced with the loss of $100,000 in annual proceeds from a shuttered bingo operation, St. Elizabeth's has launched a campaign to recruit 150 new students to the school, at 23d and Berks Streets, in September. "This was my own personal decision," said the Rev. Rayford Emmons, the parish's pastor.
July 26, 1989 |
Dismayed by its lack of progress in trying to unionize lay teachers in Catholic elementary schools, the Association of Catholic Teachers is turning to the Vatican for help. The association has petitioned the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education to intervene on behalf of lay teachers at 10 elementary schools who have indicated that they want to organize. "We are asking Rome to remove the roadblocks, to tell the archbishop to not interfere any longer with the teachers' rights to organize," union president Rita C. Schwartz said yesterday.
April 10, 2010 |
Two more Catholic schools will close in June, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Friday. St. Joseph in Collingdale and Stella Maris in South Philadelphia will shut down because of low enrollment, officials said in a statement. It is a familiar pattern across the region and around the country. Many Catholic schools are closing or merging as the church grapples with population shifts and lower Catholic birthrates. In the Philadelphia Archdiocese alone, five schools now will be shuttered at the end of this school year.
March 23, 2012 |
Two Catholic elementary schools in South Philadelphia slated for closure by the archdiocese have appealed to an even higher authority - the Vatican. The schools, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, are scheduled to shutter in June and to merge into another South Philadelphia school this fall, but parents and a canon-law consultant are proposing that they merge at the Mount Carmel site instead. Parents at both schools - frustrated and angry about the closings, which they say will have adverse effects in their neighborhoods - hired Boston lawyer Peter Borre after Archbishop Charles J. Chaput denied their appeal.
February 16, 2012 |
At least three of the 21 Catholic elementary schools that had appealed recommendations to close will remain open. Holy Trinity Catholic elementary school in Morrisville, St. Mark in Bristol and St. Laurentius school in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood said they won their appeals to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to stay open. The Rev. Francis A. Gwiazda, pastor of St. Laurentius, said he received a phone call around 12:30 p.m. today informing him that his school had been spared.
May 6, 2003 |
After more than 100 years of existence, Holy Spirit Parish Elementary School in Sharon Hill will close next month because of declining enrollment. The Rev. Martin E. Woodeshick, the pastor who informed parishioners Sunday during Mass, said Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua had accepted the recommendation of the school's study committee to close the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school at the end of the academic year. The last day of classes will be June 6. And the final eighth-grade graduation for the school, which opened in 1901, will be June 11. Six parish schools in a three-mile radius have agreed to accept Holy Spirit students.