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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-05-29

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Commentary and Analysis

The Wrong Direction for Catholic Education: I attended Catholic Schools from first grade through high school graduation. I was taught by Ursuline sisters and Marianist brothers. During the third grade I was literally raised by nuns while I was in a Catholic orphanage. I was formed in my faith and grew up in a better time. Many in the Church insist that the Church should continue to move in its current direction – a direction that has yielded no vocations and no spiritual fruit. Please consider these two stories from this week’s Arlington Catholic Herald.

Farewell to the IHM sisters

The religious community has staffed St. Michael School in Annandale since 1954. Earlier this year they announced that they would be leaving the school due to decreased vocations and a desire to strengthen community life.

Holy Cross sisters mark end of an era

At the end of this school year, Sisters of the Holy Cross Anne Tardiff and Elizabeth Rossetti will retire after six decades in Catholic education. But when the sisters leave Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, it will also mark the end of another era: the Holy Cross Sisters’ service in Virginia Catholic schools, where they have taught since the end of the Civil War.

Consider also that there used to be a Catholic primary school at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington. The Arlington Catholic Herald chronicled that story in the article St. Charles announces school restructuring. Need we go into detail concerning who was the pastor at St. Charles at the time? Perhaps a memory jog would be worthwhile:

Rose McDermott, president of the St. Charles PTO, said that parents met with Father Grinnell Jan. 16 to talk about the possibility of keeping the school open and were told that the decision would not be reversed.

I was, as were many of you, formed in the faith and grew up in a better time. Now, our children and grandchildren have been abandoned.


1 Comment

  1. Our children were attending St. Louis school when the last nuns left there. All of this marked the collapse of Catholic education except for the well off. How many families, especially those with many children can afford Catholic schools today? We had to refinance our house to pay for tuition for Catholic high schools, neither of which was particularly faithful. If we had it to do over we probably wouldn’t.


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