The Archdiocese of New York has announced a devastating blow for Bronxites as it will permanently close six Bronx Catholic schools.
In a press release, the Archdiocese cited financial losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown which has led to the cancellation of public mass and limited fundraising on top of mass unemployment coupled with health concerns leaving families unable to pay to tuition.
This has also led to considerable drop in re-registrations for the coming school year leading to the Arcdiocese’s decision.
In total, 20 schools across the Archdiocese will shutter their doors of which the following six are in The Bronx:
- Nativity of Our Blessed Lady School in Eastchester
- Our Lady of the Assumption School in Pelham Bay
- St John’s School in Kingsbridge
- St Luke’s School in Mott Haven
- Sts Philip and James School in Williamsbridge
- St Thomas Aquinas School in West Farms
“Children are always the most innocent victims of any crisis, and this COVID-19 pandemic is no exception,” said Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York in a press release. “Too many have lost parents and grandparents to this insidious virus, and now thousands will not see their beloved school again.
Cardinal Dolan added, “I’ve kept a hopeful eye on our schools throughout this saga and my prayers are with all of the children and their families who will be affected by this sad news. Given the devastation of this pandemic, I’m grateful more schools didn’t meet this fate, and that Catholic schools nearby are ready to welcome all the kids.”
Meanwhile, Archdiocese of New York Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan said “I have been a Catholic school educator for more than 40 years, and could never have imagined the grave impact this pandemic has had on our schools. If more assistance is not forthcoming in the longed for HEROES Act now before Congress, I am afraid even more might close. This is a very sad day for everyone in the extended Catholic school community. I send my love and prayers to the families, teachers, principals and staff of the affected schools.”
Indeed, this is a sad day for The Bronx community. So much history wiped away.
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