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On video: Archbishop Charles Chaput answers questions about Catholic education

Archbishop Chaput discusses the importance of school vouchers Was he surprised by the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations? By reaction to the report? What would he like to say to the students affected by proposed school mergers and closures?    

Questions and Answers with Archbishop Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke with The Catholic Standard and Times’ director and general manager Matthew Gambino Jan. 19 about Catholic education in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The interview came two weeks after the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendation to merge or close 49 Catholic schools.

Pastors, principals learn details of implementation plan for schools

As difficult as it was for Catholics in the Philadelphia Archdiocese to learn of the merger or closure of parish grade schools and high schools Jan. 6, implementing the recommendations and understanding the rationale for them began to sink in for Catholics in the days that followed. Rallies of students and parents at some affected […]

List of Catholic High School Open Houses

Archbishop Ryan High School Archbishop Ryan will host an open house Sunday, Feb. 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 215-637-1800, ext. 281 or send an e-mail to: pmcpeak@archbishopryan.com. Web site: http://www.archbishopryan.com/?pid=1 Father Judge High School for Boys Father Judge will host a universal visitation day Thursday, Jan. 19. A spring […]

Archdiocese counters false rumors about financial component to review process

The Philadelphia Archdiocese today put to rest rumors that schools requesting a review of the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations would need to raise money in order to obtain a meeting. A statement from the archdiocesan Office for Communications denied any financial component to the review process. “As outlined earlier in the week,” the statement read, […]

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 […]