Breaking News: 10 Catholic schools will remain open!!!! it’s official!!

As first reported by PackerParkLiving.com, St. Gabriel is one of at least six Catholic elementary schools in the city – others are St. George, in Port Richmond; St. Laurentius, in Fishtown; St. Matthew, in Mayfair; St. Richard, in South Philadelphia, and St. Cecilia, in Fox Chase – that successfully appealed and will remain open or be kept from merging.

In addition to the jubulent news, the site of a new regional school, Stella Maris, has been nixed. Instead, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel will merge with Epiphany of Our Lord, 12th and Jackson, to become a regional school. St. Richard, 18th and Pollock, will remain open and become a regional school with Holy Spirit School. The original plan was to have Sacred Heart, Mount Carmel, Epiphany, Holy Spirit and St. Richard  to close and begin a regional school at the former Stella Maris site, on Bigler near 8th.

The schools and neighbors began appealing after the  announcement of closures . Each school sent top officials to present appeals to representatives from the Office of Catholic Education, the Archdiocese School Board and the Blue Ribbon Commission.

List of Philadelphia Catholic School Closings and Mergers

As anticipated for some time now the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has closed several Catholic Schools throughout the city forcing parents to up-root from their niegborhoods and look for a more practical place for their families to live in order to be close to their childrens schools. Packer Park’s own Holy Spirit will merge with St. Richards, Mt. Carmel and Sacred Heart and will occupy the former Stella Maris school.

School closings and mergers are as follows:

Philadelphia (South)

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament merges with St. Donato at the 65th Street site.

St. Laurentius merges with St. Peter the Apostle at the 5th Street site.

Annunciation merges with St. Nicholas of Tolentine at the Pierce Street site.

St. Gabriel merges with St. Thomas Aquinas at the Morris Street site.

St. Malachy merges with Visitation BVM at the Lehigh Avenue site.

Epiphany of our LordHoly SpiritSt. RichardOur Lady of Mt. Carmel and Sacred Heart merge at the former Stella Maris site.

Our Lady of Lourdes closed, students asked to select from Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius, St. Rose of Lima, Mary, Mother of Peace

West Catholic High closes outright.

Philadelphia (North)

Pope John Paul II Regional, Bridesburg, merges with St. Timothy at the Levick Street site.

St. George, Port Richmond, merges with Our Lady of Port Richmond at the Thompson Street site.

Holy Cross, Mt. Airy, merges with Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill, at the E. Chestnut Hill Ave. site.

St. Bridget, East Falls, merges with Holy Child, Manayunk, at the Hermitage Street site.

Incarnation of Our Lord, Olney, merges with St. Helena at the N. Fifth Street site.

Our Lady of Consolation, Tacony, merges with St. Matthew at the Cottman Avenue site.

Our Lady of Ransom merges with Resurrection of our Lord at the Shelmire Avenue site.

St. William merges with St. Cecilia at the Rhawn Street site.

St. Martin of Tours becomes a “mission school,” with no change to the current school configuration.

St. Hubert High closes outright.