Confirmed list of closing Catholic Sc...

Confirmed list of closing Catholic Schools

There are 198 comments on the WHEC-TV Rochester, NY story from Jan 18, 2008, titled Confirmed list of closing Catholic Schools. In it, WHEC-TV Rochester, NY reports that:

News 10NBC has confirmed the list of the 13 Catholic schools closing through a letter the Diocese sent home to parents who have children in Catholic schools.

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#205 Feb 28, 2008
Where the money goes wrote:
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After our Priest retired I went to mass and couldn't understand a thing the imported one was saying. I go to a non-denominational church now, and so does my money. Its not Catholic, but atleast I can understand the sermon.
I hope and pray The Eucharist will lead you back to the RCC. But go to confession first;-)
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith and you can't find it anywhere else. Oh sure, some non-catholic churches claim to have it but thiers is mere symbolic bread or crackers. Only the RCC (and all her rites) have the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
Hope you find another parish or give your new pastor a second chance. God constantly gives us second chances......peace.

Padre Pio said it best when he said "The world would be a much darker place without the Eucharist then it would be without the sun."

Overland Park, KS

#206 Feb 28, 2008
Vouchers now wrote:
While we are all angry is the time to get working. This is simple economics, too many families can not pay both high school taxes and tuition. School Choice needs to be an organized (from the DOR) demand made by all Catholics to our government. I pray there are enough voting Catholics to overcome the power of the teacher's unions. This needs to be organized from the diocese, and it needs to start now, to be ready for November's elections. NO MORE SCHOOLS NEED TO CLOSE!
Vouchers, is that another way you way the public to pay for a religious education of your children. Maybe you should have less children. Public education was to give all children an America view of the world. That view does a Catholic education give childen? To hate anybody that is not Catholic!

“just another POV”

Since: Feb 08

Roc City, N.Y.

#207 Feb 29, 2008
All I have to say is that at least the little boys will be safer... Catholics, hmph, probably the most twisted and corrupt denomination out there.
william storti

Batavia, NY

#208 Mar 5, 2008
dear bishop clark, why do we need to close these schools? because enrollment is down? or is it that the teachers are not meeting goals? i think that it is a little of both. why not have an independent group study the whole situation and make the call. not the ones picked by the diocese but from a group of catholic busness men and women of the community. why has the city not stepped forward to help or make recamondations? i am sure that with the success that these people have that this would be a simple fix .it is a shame that in the times of ecconmical needs for this community that not only these people hurting , they are willing to make more of a scarfice to keep the catholic traddition alive . thank you

United States

#209 Mar 5, 2008
Perhaps if Catholic schools offered a product people wanted, the they would still be in business. I went 9 years to Catholic schools. It was 9 years of abuse by misfits of society (nuns and priests). These people had severe psychological problems in may cases and they were hiding from life behind collars and veils.
I realize most schools are now staffed by pay people. The problem is that so many people of MY generation were abused this way in 50s and 60s that we fled en masses and sent our kids to public schools.
Also the church as been SO slow in adapting to the 20th and now 21st century - birth control, homosexuality to name a few. It is an antiquated religion and I say it is HIGH time Catholic schools disappeared from our communities. They are a plague.
On the other hand, many therapists would be out of business if not for the millions of us abused victims of a so-called Catholic "Education".
Former St andrew student

Lady Lake, FL

#210 May 6, 2008
Sr. Elizabeth Meeghan, is the most horrible nun i have ever met.. She made me feel worthless,
she is the WORST influnce on the students.

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale, FL.

#211 May 6, 2008
Hopefully this means there will be less children brainwashed by the Christian faith.

My brother and I went to Catholic school while we where growing up, but even though we where in the Christian school we knew that there was something else. We begged our parents to take us out of the Christian school, my parents didn't allow us at first but eventually right before going to High School gave us the choice of Catholic School or Public School and we choose Public School.

I love my parents for allowing me to make that choice back then, I was able to get out and even though my new school was predominantly christian we where not obligated to be one. Teachers would teach us about evolution which has facts rather than people just magically apearing in this earth.

United States

#212 May 14, 2008
Out of work teacher wrote:
After 34 years I am out of a job. I have taught in the Catholic schools in Rochester because I wanted God in my classroom everyday. At times I worked 3 jobs to make ends meet .. but I managed just like the parents who worked extra jobs to pay the tuition.
When the announcement came not one mention about the hurt for the staff and teachers in these schools. It is like we didn't exist. There are not enough jobs for all of us that have been displaced. We are on our own.
This week has been awful. It is like a horrible death in a very large family. The parents, children and teachers all have cried. The sad part is that there will not be room for all the displaced children from our school. I wonder if Jesus would have turned away 50% of the children who came to him. The community is also going to suffer as all of these schools have donated to food cupboards, visited nursing homes, collected money for hundreds of charities, put on productions, collected books, toys, and items for the poor. All that is now gone.
I am just very sad!!!!!!!
This is so very, very, very true. I am very sad to see something like this happen to our community. All people (All religious, non-religious and races) make up our community. Everyone is important. I hate to see a community ripped apart like this. Rochester needs to be improved and it's going to take caring people to do the job. We don't want to lose caring Catholics that may want to move from our area!!! Some of the public schools here have enormous budgets and yet they always seem to need more money. The Catholic schools need more money. It's all gotten out of hand. We need this, we need that...Education is not based on all these desires. Preparing a child for the future is not solely based on providing them with every possible opportunity in every possible way no matter the cost to the community.
Also, the mismanagement of the money that IS provided is sickening, whether it's public or private school money. Also, caring teachers are out there and they are ready to prepare students for our society. I hate to see any teacher lose their job. I know that it's more than just a job to them. My heart goes out to all the teachers, students and to all the people in these communities.

Inola, OK

#213 May 15, 2008
My older brother and I both attended Catholic school in the 1960's. I must admit, Catholic schools do provide a good education for the students. We received a strong foundation in learning; covering the basic subjects, athletics, and the arts. I attended public school from the 7th grade on, which I regret. I no longer cared about learning and dropped out of high school at the age of 17. I received my GED at the age of 28, scoring quite high, without taking GED classes or studying. Everything I learned, came from my years at Catholic school.
Amanda student

United States

#214 May 21, 2008
I praise the Lord every day for these schools closing. They do things against the bible!
Read your bible! Obviously, if the Lord was blessing these schools they wouldn't close. The bible says not a leaf falls without the permission of God! How many times do you see a Christian school close? Like North Star Never! Send your children to Christian schools where they should be...NOT Catholic

Lehigh Acres, FL

#215 Jun 24, 2008
Armin Tamzarian wrote:
An Open letter to the families and staff of St. Andrew School, 1509 SE 27th Street, Cape Coral, Fl 33904
On January 18, 2008, Bishop Matthew Clark announced the closing of over half the Catholic Elementary and Jr. High schools in the Rochester/Monroe County, NY school system. The schools are being closed due to low enrollments and a fiscal crisis involving an operating deficit of over $1.3 million.
All of us in Rochester would like to thank Sr. Elizabeth Meegan, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Rochester, NY from 2001 through 2006, for her role in the demise of our school system.
During her tenure our enrollment decreased on an annual basis from 7868 students in 2001 to 5868 students in 2006.
At the same time our tuition increased by over 40%. Her plan called for increasing the tuition rates to a full cost per pupil amount. The increased revenue would create a pool of monies for financial aid to the poor. What happened? Many families couldn’t afford the increase, few families qualified for adequate financial aid and the enrollment of our schools went on a downfall.
To compound the problem, she closed/merged a few schools at the same time that she announced her new “tuition plan”. She did nothing to promote the schools, would not meet with the parents of the schools she closed and give little to no support to the administrators and staffs of the schools which remained opened.
As a final insult to the people of the Diocese of Rochester, she personally recruited her successor, Sr. Elaine Poitras. Sr. Poitras was fired by the Bishop of Rochester earlier this month for gross incompetence.
So again, thank you Sr. Beth for all that you contributed to the collapse of a wonderful school system and best of luck to all of you at Saint Andrew School. You are going to need it!
We already do..everything you said, its starting. How do we stop it?

Lehigh Acres, FL

#216 Jun 24, 2008
former DOR teacher wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree, too, Sr. Beth is a "black widow" who changes diocese's often, leaving behind a trail of lifeless parish schools. She made numerous promises to the teachers, students, and parents. She delivered on 0% of them. Good luck in Florida with her.
Could you elaborate on promises, etc?


#217 Jun 28, 2008
Good riddence to the corrupt catholic organization. Maybe this start will eventually close the hypocritical religion all together.

What a joke.

Cape Coral, FL

#218 Aug 8, 2008
cape wrote:
<quoted text>We already do..everything you said, its starting. How do we stop it?
Enroll your children in the City of Cape Coral Charter School system like several of the St Andrew School parents already have. It's been the best move for our kids.

Rochester, NY

#219 Sep 26, 2008
They say they reduced tuition but don't say people are paying more since they give less in financial aid.

North Fort Myers, FL

#220 May 25, 2009
sister meegan strikes again, at st andrew she dumped 8 or 9 teachers and reduced class to one per grade.She even fired 2 peolpe on the lst day saying sorry bye. She fired several teachers who were teaching since the school opened and kept 2 losers who just started 2 years ago. She kept all the teachers who will do her bidding and it seems to mean sjhe kept all the mean teachers.I have a student who will NOT be returning because of this. I hope all the other parents wise up and pull their kids. They tell us it was for financial reasons, yet get this. they are adding 2 more smart boards they added 7 last year are getting new math books, painting and stuccoing the entire school. Painting the upatirs and re doing the floors. Oh and they are now putting a new COPPER roof on the building. Finaces my fanny, she got rid of the teachers who would not do her bidding teachers she was scared of..So you now have a staff of mean spirited flunkies who will make the kids life miserable. She is all about appearances.
change wrote:
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Enroll your children in the City of Cape Coral Charter School system like several of the St Andrew School parents already have. It's been the best move for our kids.

Rochester, NY

#221 May 25, 2009
They should point out how they were only kept going all these years because of more given to them from Wegmans.
Now, Danny put a stop to that, along with the idea of having stores in the inner city.

United States

#222 Jan 6, 2012
It is a sad day when the education and the spiritual, social importance is last on the list. Take time to purcnhase lpods, games, 62 inches of television, eye lashes 20 inches, Pope picks Cardinals, but aloud this to happen
A sad, sad, day.

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