The other sponsoring schools are: St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood and Our Lady Queen of the Americas in Washington, DC. This agreement formally establishes St. Jude School as a regional school in accord with new archdiocesan Policies for Catholic Schools.
However, what I find most interesting is that the letter from Bishop Knestout was sent on June 21, 2010 but it seems to have been only formally announced to the larger Archdiocese this past weekend. It looks like the St. Jude website was updated with this in mid-August.
I did not see it in the Catholic Standard and if I missed it, would someone let me know. I don't know how that one got by if it did.
The bigger question is: Will this help or will this hurt? Only time will tell but I do believe that this is just the beginning of the end of parish schools in this diocese.
For those who raised over $95,000 to keep St. Jude's going. How do you feel about this? Would love to hear from you -- pro or con.
Update: For those who are intersted, St. Francis is apx. 7.5 miles from St. Jude's, while Our Lady is apx. 12 miles away. Now, there is only one reason why these schools have joined w/ St. Judes -- that I can see -- and it is not because this is he closest school. Nope, it is because the monthly assessment is lower, than if they did not partner.