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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Expected to Announce Major School Closings
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/06/12 10:51 am | updated: 01/06/12 1:32 pm
 
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has taken the recommendations of it's 16-member blue-ribbon commission's year long review into the region's Catholic education into closed meetings this morning. They are to decide on the fate of the 156 elementary schools, 17 high schools, and 4 special eduction schools. The expectation is that as many as 40 elementary schools and 4 high schools could be closed this year.

Declining enrollments, rising tuitions, and family's moving to outer suburbs have played a factor in reevaluating how the Archdiocese handles Catholic education and manages it's vast school system.

The archdiocese has 49,177 students in elementary schools, 15,172 students at high schools, and 212 students at special-education schools.

The Archdiocese will address the public with it's decisions today at 4pm. This has caused much panic and anxiety amoung students, parents, and alumni, wondering if their school may be one to close, and if they may have to go elsewhere next year. The blue-ribbon commission report will be available here at 4 pm as well : http://www.faithinthefuture.com/

Watch the press conference at 4 pm here: http://archphila.org/

 
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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 01/06 11:41 am
 
Latest information out of the Archdiocesan meetings are that Monsignor Bonner, Archbishop Prendie, Conwell-Egan, St. Hubert, and West Catholic High Schools will all close. 44 elementary school are closing or partnering up.

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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 01/06 1:32 pm
 
BUCKS COUNTY

St. Michael the Archangel, Levittown, merges with Our Lady of Grace, Penndel at the Penndel site.

St. Mark, Bristol, merges with St. Ephrem, Bensalem, at the Bensalem site.

Assumption BVM, Feasterville, merges with St. Bede the Venerable, Holland, at the Holland site.

Holy Trinity, Morrisville, merges with St. John the Evangelist, Lower Makefield, at the Lower Makefield site.

St. John the Baptist, Ottsville, merges with St. Isidore, Quakertown, at the Quakertown site.

Conwell Egan HS closes outright

CHESTER COUNTY

St. Monica, Berwyn, merges with St. Patrick, Malvern, at the Malvern site.

St. Patrick, Kennett Square, merges with St. Cornelius, Chadds Ford, at the Chadds Ford site.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Annunication, Brookline, merges with St. Denis, Havertown at the Havertown site.

St. Cyril of Alexandria, East Lansdowne, merges with St. Andrew, Drexel Hill, at the Drexel Hill site.

Our Lady of Fatima, Secane, merges with Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton at the Morton site.

St. Gabriel, Norwood, merges with St. Madeline/St. Rose, Ridley Park, at the Ridley Park site.

St. John Chrysostom, Wallingford, merges with Nativity BVM, Media at the Media site.

St. Francis de Sales, Lenni, merges with St. Thomas the Apostle, Glen Mills, at the Glen Mills site.

Holy Savior-St. John Fisher, Linwood, merges with St. Joseph, Aston, at the Aston site.

Msgr. Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast closes outright.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

St. Anthony-St. Joseph, Ambler, St. Catherine of Siena, Horsham, merge with St. Alphonsus, Maple Glen, at the Maple Glen site.

Conshohocken Catholic, Conshohocken, merges with Mother Divine Providence, King of Prussia, at the King of Prussia site.

St. Teresa of Avila, Norristown, merges with Visitation BVM, Trooper, at the Trooper site.

Our Lady of Victory, East Norriton and St. Titus, East Norriton, merge with Epiphany of our Lord, Plymouth Meeting, at the Plymouth Meeting site.

Our Lady Help of Christians, Abington, merges with St. David, Willow Grove, at the Willow Grove site.

Immaculate Conception, Jenkintown, merges with St. Luke, Glenside, at the Glenside site.

St. Rose of Lima, North Wales, merges with St. Stanislaus, Lansdale, at the Lansdale site.

St. Maria Goretti, Hatfield, merges with Corpus Christi, Lansdale, at the Lansdale site.

Sacred Heart, Royersford, merges with St. Eleanor, Collegeville, at the Collegeville site.

St. Philip Neri, East Greenville, merges with St. Isidore, Quakertown (Bucks) at the Quakertown site.

PHILADELPHIA NORTH

Pope John Paul II Regional, Bridesburg, merges with St. Timothy at the Levick Street site.

St. George, Port Richmond, merges with Our Lady of Port Richmond at the Thompson Street site.

Holy Cross, Mt. Airy, merges with Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill, at the E. Chestnut Hill Ave. site.

St. Bridget, East Falls, merges with Holy Child, Manayunk, at the Hermitage Street site.

Incarnation of our Lord, Olney, merges with St. Helena at the N. Fifth Street site.

Our Lady of Consolation, Tacony, merges with St. Matthew at the Cottman Avenue site.

Our Lady of Ransom merges with Resurrection of our Lord at the Shelmire Avenue site.

St. William merges with St. Cecilia at the Rhawn Street site.

St. Martin of Tours becomes a "mission school," with no change to the current school configuration.

St. Hubert High closes outright.

PHILADELPHIA SOUTH

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament merges with St. Donato at the 65th Street site.

St. Laurentius merges with St. Peter the Apostle at the 5th Street site.

Annunciation merges with St. Nicholas of Tolentine at the Pierce Street site.

St. Gabriel merges with St. Thomas Aquinas at the Morris Street site.

St. Malachy merges with Visitation BVM at the Lehigh Avenue site.

Epiphany of our Lord, Holy Spirit, St. Richard, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Sacred Heart merge at the former Stella Maris site.

Our Lady of Lourdes closed, students asked to select from Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius, St. Rose of Lima, Mary, Mother of Peace

West Catholic High closes outright.
 

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