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January 4, 1999

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Expresses Sadness
At Closure of Saint Paul Parish School

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, is saddened by the closure of Saint Paul Parish School in South Philadelphia. In late December, Cardinal Bevilacqua accepted and approved the closure recommendations made by the Pastor of Saint Paul's and the Cluster 24 Pastoral Planning Committee, whose members spent many months analyzing factual and financial data and prayerfully reflecting upon the best course of action for the school.

The Pastor of Saint Paul Parish, Father Charles Sangermano, is formally announcing the closure to the school community today. He announced the closure information to the parish community at Sunday masses yesterday.

"While I am deeply saddened and most reluctant to close any Catholic school, I approved the Pastor's request and Cluster Committee's recommendations to close Saint Paul Parish School. I accept the Pastor's and Cluster Committee's recommendations that this closure is in the best interest of the parish, our children, their parents and the greater church community. I share in the pain and distress of the good people of Saint Paul's," said Cardinal Bevilacqua. "But I also know that they have tried their best to maintain the parish school's viability. Members of the Cluster 24 Pastoral Planning Committee spent a great deal of time in prayer, discernment and discussion with the parish community before coming to their recommendation for closure. I thank them for their work and because of it, I look toward a stronger faith community in the new millennium."

The Archdiocese has made no decision regarding the future of the school building of Saint Paul Parish. It is anticipated that neighboring South Philadelphia Catholic schools will be able to accommodate children of Saint Paul Parish who want to continue their education in a Catholic school environment.

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Editor's Note: All Archdiocesan press releases can be found on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's website at www.archdiocese-phl.org. Look under Cluster 24 for the news release regarding specifics of Saint Paul Parish School closure.

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