Saturday, February 15, 2014

St. Jerome Academy to close in June

The Brooklyn Tablet, in an article dated 2.12.2014, announces the closure this June of St. Jerome Academy, East 29th Street, near Newkirk and Nostrand Avenues.  The article states that 235 students are enrolled, and that the closure results from monetary deficits in operation and repairs.

Pope John Paul II Family Academy to close

See this Tablet article dated 2.12.2014 about the closing of Pope John Paul II Family Academy (in the former St. Barbara School) this June.  Lack of funds is given as the reason.  Please recall that this academy was funded by an anonymous donor.  At the time of the schools initiation, there was some report of the donor's insistence of family participation in Sunday Mass.  The Tablet article does not indicate the enrollment or the grades that are being taught, nor does it mention staffing. A rooftop photo on the academy's website shows about 110 students and 15 staff, including two or three religious Sisters, perhaps from Poland.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

From Ridgewood to Albany

The Troy Record of 2.11.2014 reports that Msgr. Edward Scharfenberger of the diocese of Brooklyn has been named the next bishop of Albany.  The article is linked here.
Contrasting the two dioceses, I note that the diocese of Albany includes more than thirteen counties, Brooklyn two. According to  Brooklyn has one priest for approximately each 2,200 Catholics, Albany one priest for 1,360.
The Tablet article of February 12, 2014, linked here, explains that Msgr. Scharfenberger was baptized at St. Aloysius church and educated at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal School, both in Queens.