Saturday, February 9, 2019

Diocesan press release on school closures

The Diocese of Brooklyn has posted a press release explaining the closures and mergers of Catholic Academies this week. The link to the press release dated February 8, 2019, is HERE
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Structural problems with the school building on Suydam Street have forced the merger of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Academy into St. Brigid's Catholic Academy one mile east.
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Also in Brooklyn, Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Academy (Old Mill Basin) and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Academy (Dyker Heights) will close.

Mary Queen of Heaven school to close

On February 8, 2019, NBC reported that the diocese of Brooklyn will close Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Academy, located at 1395 East 56th Street, Flatlands or Old Mill Basin. To the west of this school is Midwood Catholic Academy at the parish of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Cristo Rey, Brooklyn

Cristo Rey High School, at 710 East 37th Street, East Flatbush, is celebrating its Tenth Year in Brooklyn. It describes its location "In the heart of Brooklyn." I would consider Brooklyn's Borough Hall, or the main public library, or Holy Cross parish, Flatbush, more in the heart of Brooklyn, but slogans are slogans.
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The school uses the former Catherine McCauley HS building, located seven short blocks east of the Newkirk Avenue station of the #2 and #5 Nostrand Avenue subway train.

Our Lady of Guadalupe school to close

As of February 8, 2019, it appears that word has leaked out (before official announcement) that Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Academy, with only 120 students, will close in June. Please see this article in the Brooklyn Reporter. The parish and school are in Dyker Heights or Bensonhurst.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Merger of two parishes

Effective November 1, 2018, the parish of St. Teresa of Avila on Sterling Place was merged into the parish of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph on Pacific Street.  The decree of merger is linked HERE. The records of St. Teresa's parish will be moved to 856 Pacific Street.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

St. Nicholas, East Williamsburg

This lengthy article suddenly appeared on the internet from the website Bedford + Bowery. I have to read it more closely, as I believe the ordained staff may live at Mount Carmel.
http://bedfordandbowery.com/2018/12/an-east-williamsburg-church-was-home-to-germans-latinos-and-now-uncertainty/

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

On reusing churches

The Atlantic Monthly website on 11.25.2018 published an essay by Jonathan Merritt, "America's Epidemic of Empty Churches." In the second paragraph he describes the conversion of the church of St. Vincent de Paul, Williamsburg, into apartments, with a one-bedroom unit renting as high as $4,812 per month. The article is worth reading, as it discusses the types of church conversions across our country.