In April of last year, I reported that the schools in southern Maryland were targeted for closing.
In October, I stated that the Archbishop must be preping us for some serious closings.
In December, I once again spoke about the southern Maryland schools.
Well, the Catholic Standard has reported that two schools may close:
The schools that may close are Holy Angels-Sacred Heart School in Avenue, and St. Mary, Star of the Sea School in Indian Head. The pastors from those schools are seeking permission from the archdiocese to close at the end of this school year, after considering options on remaining open. Archbishop Wuerl will review those proposals and decide what action should be taken.
Now, we have been prepped for this for the last few months, with the pronouncement in on Catholic Education by the Archbishop and the stories in the Catholic Standard.
To be honest, how many pastors really want to see the school associated with their parish to close? They know that a school, even with all of the financial costs, helps to build a sense of community.
The bottom line is that the Archdiocese has decided, for financial reasons, to close these schools.
My source tells me that the some of the Catholic schools in the Silver Spring area of Montgomery County are next.