CHICAGO – We heard from Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich for the primary time Tuesday for the reason that Archdiocese introduced it might be closing 5 faculties within the metropolis and suburbs.
Cupich was on the annual breakfast fundraiser for Catholic schooling.
Extra faculties could possibly be on the chopping block. The Catholic Diocese is in the midst of assessing faculties and parishes.
They’re figuring out the way to transfer ahead with declining enrollment and an absence of funds.
“I believe being in a Catholic college is essential as a result of there’s nothing like the rest,” mentioned Damen Ward, Leo Catholic Excessive Faculty junior.
College students from Chicago’s Leo Catholic Excessive Faculty are optimistic about their future and the way forward for their college.
“We’re graduated 100 % of our seniors 9 years in a row and greater than 90 % of them have gone onto school,” mentioned Dan McGrath, President of Leo Catholic Excessive Faculty.
Sadly, the scholastic journey for college students at 5 different Catholic faculties all through the Chicago space and suburbs will likely be ending following this college yr.
“We do not take these selections calmly, the truth is, we tried to present folks as a lot advance discover as doable concerning the state of affairs that their college is in,” mentioned Cardinal Cupich.
In line with the Chicago Tribune, Catholic college enrollment has declined 29 % since 2005, a lack of greater than 30,000 college students.
Within the case of the upcoming closures, the faculties had been unable to lift sufficient cash to maintain their doorways open or they failed to fulfill pupil enrollment targets, in line with the Archdiocese.
“We see that lots of the parishes have shrinking not solely enrollment within the faculties however attendance at mass due to altering demographics we simply need to guarantee that all of our parishes have the right assets they want going ahead,” mentioned Cardinal Cupich.
The Archdiocese ought to wrap up its evaluation of college and parish closings inside the subsequent two to a few years.
That is once we’ll know precisely what number of will likely be closing in whole.