18 Catholic Schools Win Appeals, Others Wait

Of the 24 proposed closings 18 will remain open, school officials announced Friday.

Friday, Feb 17, 2012  |  Updated 7:21 PM EDT
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Epiphany of Our Lord was one of the Catholic elementary schools that won their appeal. The Archdiocese decided that Epiphany will become a regional school and undergo a name change.

NBCPhiladelphia.com - Terry Ruggles

Epiphany of Our Lord was one of the Catholic elementary schools that won their appeal. The Archdiocese decided that Epiphany will become a regional school and undergo a name change.

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Archdiocese Approves 18 Elementary School Appeals

Friday, the Philadelphia Archdioceses official announced their appeal decisions for the areas Catholic elementary schools. St. Gabriel School in South Philadelphia was one of the schools to win their appeal and they took the morning to celebrate. 18 other elementary schools also received appeal approval.

Archdiocese Saves Several Schools From Closing

In a reverse decision nearly two dozen Catholic schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese will remain open.
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The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced its decision to allow the majority of Catholic elementary schools set to close next year to stay open.

Of the 24 proposed closings 18 will remain open, school officials announced Friday.

A decision on four high schools targeted for closure will be postponed until next week, school officials say. They include Conwell-Egan Catholic High School; Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls; Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School; and West Philadelphia Catholic High School.

The postponement is due to recently recieved information regarding potentional financial donors that has be explored, according to a press release issued Friday.

"I recognize how anxious all of those affected by this decision are to hear the final outcome." Archbishop Charles Cahput said. "I want to see this resolved too but this decision is too important to be made without considering absolutely every fact and all serious, substantive proposals even if they don’t fit the time frame originally set.  We owe it to our teachers, administrators, students and school families.”

The following is a list of the decisions announced Friday, February 17. For updates click here.

PHILADELPHIA NORTH

St. George, Port Richmond, school to stay a parish school

Our Lady of Port Richmond, school to stay a regional school

Holy Cross, Mt. Airy, school to stay a parish school

Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill, school to stay a parish school

St. Matthew, school to stay a parish school

St. William, Olney, school to close and parents choose from recommended schools

St. Cecilia, school to stay a parish school

 

PHILADELPHIA SOUTH

St. Laurentius, school to stay a parish school

St. Peter the Apostle, school to become a mission school

St. Gabriel, Philadelpia, school to become a mission school

St. Thomas Aquinas, school to become a mission school

St. Malachy, school to become a mission school

Visitation BVM, Philadelphia, school to become a mission school

St. Richard, regional school to form with Holy Spirit at this location

Holy Spirit, regional school to form with St. Richard building to close

Epiphany of Our Lord, Phila., regional school to form with OLMC and Sacred Heart at this location

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, regional school to form with EOOL and Sacred Heart at this location, building to close

Sacred Heart of Jesus, regional school to form with EOOL and OLMC, building to close.

 

DELAWARE COUNTY

St. Cyril of Alexandria, school to become a mission school

St. Andrew, school to stay a parish school

St. Francis de Sales, school to stay a parish school

St. Thomas the Apostle, school to stay a parish school

St. John Chrysostom, regional school to form at this location

Nativity BVM, regional school to form, building to close


BUCKS COUNTY

St. John the Baptist, school to stay a parish school

St. Philip Neri (Montg. Cty), regional school from with St. Isidore, building closes

St. Isidore, regional school to form with St. Philip at this location

St. Michael the Archangel, school to stay a parish school

Our Lady of Grace school to stay a parish school

St. Mark Bristol school to stay a parish school

St. Ephrem, school to stay a parish school

Holy Trinity, school to stay a parish school

St. John the Evangelist, school to close and parents choose from recommended schools

 

CHESTER COUNTY


St. Patrick, Kennett Square, school to close and parents chose from recommended schools

St. Cornelius, school to stay a parish school

St. Monica, Berwyn school to stay a parish school

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Conshohocken Catholic, school to close and parents chose from recommended schools

Mother of Divine Providence, regional school to form with St. Theresa of Avila at Mother of Divine Providence

St. Teresa of Avila, regional school to form with with Mother of Divine Providence at Mother of Divine Providence

Visitation BVN, Norristown, Berwyn school to stay a parish school

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