Dramatic Changes Expected in Philadelphia Catholic Education
Which Philadelphia Catholic schools will close? That’s the question on the minds of many Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this week. The results of Philadelphia’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Catholic Education will be made public on Friday, January 6. The members of the Commission were appointed by Cardinal Justin Rigali just over a year ago “to undertake a comprehensive study of Archdiocesan elementary and secondary schools, as well as the schools of special education and religious education programs.”
The study is expected to bring about a dramatic change in Catholic education in Philadelphia, strengthening it for the future and ensuring the long-term existence of Catholic schools in the archdiocese. That change is not going to be without cost, however. According to a local Philadelphia news report, “all elementary schools with fewer than 125 students are expected to be closed. Some secondary schools will also likely be closed.”
This week, as we celebrate two American saints with strong ties to Catholic schools, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. John Neumann, we ask their intercession to guide the Commission and Cardinal Rigali to make decisions that lead to stronger, more viable Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.