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Office for Catholic Education announces review process for schools

Parish pastors and administrators of Catholic schools slated to merge or close learned details of a process to appeal the recommendations for their schools during a meeting with more than 300 personnel from affected parishes and schools Jan. 10 at the Drexelbrook Conference Center in Delaware County. Officials from the Office of Catholic Education outlined […]

Catholic Elementary and High School Consolidations

Updated with links to school information The following information on Catholic schools consolidating in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was provided by the archdiocesan Office for Communications:

School mergers, closures point way toward new models of Catholic education in Archdiocese

Friday, Jan. 6, a date which traditionally was celebrated as the Epiphany, represented a true epiphany for thousands of Catholic school parents and students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. On that day the Blue Ribbon Commission formed by Cardinal Justin Rigali just one year earlier, formally presented its final report to Archbishop Charles Chaput. While […]

Full Blue Ribbon Commission report

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Executive summary of report of Blue Ribbon Commission on Catholic education

The following is an executive summary of the report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Catholic education by its chairman, John (Jack) Quindlen. Chairman’s summary Catholic schools make leaders. They educate the whole person in mind and spirit, and they play a key role in shaping Philadelphia life. The evidence is obvious: Many of our […]

Archbishop Chaput receives report from Blue Ribbon Commission

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Students honor patron St. Lucy

Just as Father Tom Higgins started his homily for the Dec. 13 St. Lucy Feast Day Mass at Holy Innocents Church in the Juniata section of Philadelphia, the lights went out, except for the liturgical candles. It was intentional. Holy Innocents is the present-day location of St. Lucy School for Children with Visual Impairments as […]

Archbishop’s residence to be sold

The home of Philadelphia’s Catholic archbishops since the 1930s will soon be sold, archdiocesan officials confirmed Dec. 31, 2011. The 10,000-square-foot mansion located on more than eight acres at 5700 City Avenue next to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia was purchased by Cardinal Dennis Dougherty in 1935. It has been used as the home of […]

Different lives, same call to priesthood

Two men, very similar yet uniquely different. Jim Cardosi and Kevin Mulligan attended classes together and shot hoops together for four years at Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown, graduated in 1973 and then went their separate ways. Cardosi went to the U.S. Naval Academy, became a pilot and married father of five. After attending […]

God still has a mission for her

  When you are 92 years old, it’s quite understandable if you just want to sit back, relax and let others do the work. Don’t tell that to Eleanor Stretz; she’s just about as involved as you can get at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem, and that’s just the way she wants it. For […]