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5 NYC Catholic schools set to close at end of school year in June

February 6, 2019
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. (Andrew Schwartz for New York Daily News)

Seven Catholic schools across the state, five of them in New York City, will close down by the end of the school year in June, the Archdiocese announced this week.

The schools include elementary schools in Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx — St. Rose of Lima in Washington Heights, St. Brigidin the East Village, Our Lady Help of Christians School in Tottenville, St. Nicholas of Tolentine in University Heights and St. Joseph in Tremont.

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Two more schools – one each in Dutchess and Sullivan counties — are also set to shut their doors for good.

“You know, I’d rather be opening some new ones than closing the gems that we got, but reality sets in,” Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan said in a video message posted on Twitter Monday.

He said the closings, which he blamed on low enrollment and a lack of funding, were “painful and difficult decisions and I ask for your prayers for those especially impacted.”

Dolan said that it’s the first time in five years since the Archdiocese has closed any schools in the state, calling that a “little glimmer of good news here.”

“While we sincerely regret ever having to close any schools, the goal is to strengthen the remaining institutions and preserve Catholic education in New York for years to come,” he said.

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