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List Of Philadelphia Archdiocese Schools Recommended For Closure Or Consolidation

Complete list of schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that are either recommended for closure or consolidation.

The schools in each list are recommended for consolidation. “Location” represents the recommended location of the consolidated schools where the students would attend class in September of 2012.

County Profiles Elementary & Secondary Schools

Bucks County

St. Michael the Archangel,Levittown
Our Lady of Grace, Penndel
Location: Penndel

St. Mark, Bristol
St. Ephrem, Bensalem
Location: Bensalem

Assumption BVM, Feasterville
St. Bede the Venerable, Holland
Location: Holland

Holy Trinity, Morrisville
St. John the Evangelist, Lower Makefield
Location: Lower Makefield

St. John the Baptist, Ottsville
St. Isidore, Quakertown
Location: Quakertown

Conwell Egan Catholic High School (closing)

Chester County

St. Monica, Berwyn
St. Patrick, Malvern
Location: Malvern

St. Patrick, Kennett Square
St. Cornelius, Chadds Ford
Location: Chadds Ford

Delaware County

Annunciation, Brookline
St. Denis, Havertown
Location: Havertown

St. Cyril of Alexandria, East Lansdowne
St. Andrew, Drexel Hill
Location: Drexel Hill

Our Lady of Fatima, Secane
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton
Location: Morton

St. Gabriel, Norwood
St. Madeline/St. Rose, Ridley Park
Location: Ridley Park

St. John Chrysostom, Wallingford
Nativity BVM, Media
Location: Media

St. Francis de Sales, Lenni
St. Thomas the Apostle, Glen Mills
Location: Glen Mills

Holy Saviour-St. John Fisher, Linwood
St. Joseph, Aston
Location: Aston

Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast

Montgomery County

St. Anthony-St. Joseph, Ambler
St. Catherine of Siena, Horsham
St. Alphonsus, Maple Glen
Location: Maple Glen

Conshohocken Catholic, Conshohocken
Mother of Divine Providence, King of Prussia
Location: King of Prussia

St. Teresa of Avila, Norristown
Visitation BVM, Trooper
Location: Trooper

Our Lady of Victory, East Norriton
St. Titus, East Norriton
Epiphany of Our Lord, Plymouth Meeting
Location: Plymouth Meeting

Our Lady of Christians, Abington
St. David, Willow Grove
Location: Willow Grove

Immaculate Conception, Jenkintown
St. Luke, Glenside
Location: Glenside

St. Rose of Lima, North Wales
St. Stanislaus, Lansdale
Location: Lansdale

St. Marcia Goretti, Hatfield
Corpus Christi, Lansdale
Location: Lansdale

Sacred Heart, Royersford
St. Eleanor, Collegeville
Location: Collegeville

St. Philip Neri, East Greenville
St. Isidore, Quakertown (Bucks)
Location: Quakertown

Philadelphia North

Pope John Paul II Regional, Bridesburg
St. Timothy, Philadelphia
Location: Levick Street Site

St. George, Port Richmond
Our Lady of Port Richmond
Location: Thompson Street Site

Holy Cross, Mt. Airy
Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill
Location: E Chestnut Hill Ave Site

St. Bridget, East Falls
Holy Child, Manayunk
Location: Hermitage Street Site

Incarnation of Our Lord, Olney
St. Helena, Philadelphia*
Location: N Fifth St Site

Our Lady of Consolation, Tacony
St. Matthew, Philadelphia
Location: Cottman Ave Site

Our Lady of Ransom, Philadelphia
Resurrection of Our Lord, Rhawnhurst
Location: Shelmire Ave Site

St. William, Philadelphia
St. Cecilia, Fox Chase
Location: Rhawn St Site

St. Martin of Tours*
No Change to current school configuration)

Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls

Philadelphia South

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Phila.
St. Donato, Philadelphia*
Location: 65th Street Site

Saint Laurentius, Philadelphia
St. Peter the Apostle, Philadelphia
Location: 5th St Site

Annunciation, Philadelphia
St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Philadelphia
Location: Pierce St Site

St. Gabriel, Philadelphia
St. Thomas Aquinas, Philadelphia*
Location: Morris St Site

St. Malachy, Philadelphia South
Visitation BVM, Philadelphia North*
Location: Lehigh St Site

Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia
Holy Spirit, Philadelphia
St. Richard, Philadelphia
Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Philadelphia
Sacred Heart, Philadelphia
Location: Former Stella Maris School bldg

Our Lady of Lourdes bldg closed
Select from
Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius*
St. Rose of Lima*
Mary, Mother of Peace*

West Catholic High School

  • Downwithpapistpigs

    Poor Vatican! Poor Pope (anti-Christ)! Their corrupt empire is crumbling faster and faster! Hopefully there will come a day when the blighted institution of the Roman Catholic Church is finally wiped from the face of the Earth!


    I am completely disturbed by CATHOLIC BIG BUSINESS!!!! the math of the 670 students attending St. Hubert’s paying reduced tuition of 6500 is a plenty big number to keep the place open and keep OVERLY extravagant churches heated.. If they would make a compromise and sell half the land and do the GODLY thing to give these kids a chance to continue education with their own friends in their own neighborhoods then it would not be a problem!!! Any one of these girls would be glad to trade a smaller school to keep their school…. WHEN DID RELIGION BECOME MORE ABOUT A QUICK BUCK THAN TAKING CARE OF YOUR COMMUNITY!!
    I wish one reporter had the nerve to stand up do some quick math and stop making it seem as though they had no choice. One report almost defended them!! WHAT IS THIS REALLY ABOUT!!!

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  • Mary M

    I hope the Pastors of the teachers in the elementary schools DO NOT accept the resignation of any of their teachers.
    I hope the Pastors advise their teachers not to resign. Since the teahers have to apply for ‘their’ jobs – by resigning they will not receive unemployment should they not be hired by the archdiocese again.

    • Mwell

      Sound smart.

  • Tony

    I usually reserve public comment on issues. However, the breaking Educational News in Philadelphia causes some concern, and is in need of prayer:
    Due to declining enrollment, educational costs, and other factors, the Philadelphia Archdiocese is closing 44 Catholic Elementary and 4 High Schools at the end of this school year. This comes after a yearlong analysis. While I have not seen the list o…f schools, I am especially concerned about our inner city, and close suburban families. For many families, Catholic Schools have been a viable education alternative to Charter and Public Schools. Where will these children go? If they attend a Catholic School… how far? How would this impact the educational choices of urban areas, and possibly the future of our youth, especially minorities? Who was on this committee? Was it a representation of diversity, and educational consultants that have truly explored the impact of urban families? Education can be the route to progress, success, economics, and the hopes/fulfillment of dreams. It can minimize generation cycles of poverty, crime, and issues of literacy. Change is difficult. Are there other alternatives to this situation? I am praying for the Archdiocese, and the families involved. I am praying for the future of our children and youth, so that they may continue to have viable educational choices, and resources to help them become successful productive citizens. Amen!

  • CV

    On page 9 of the report is a graph that demonstrates the average parish schools operational subsidy. If I read the graph correctly, it is about $255,000 in 2001 and in 2010 it is around $319,000. However, if one adjusts the 2001 figure to today’s dollars, you would find that this works out to about $315,000. So the rise is *mainly* nothing more than inflation. This makes many of the arguements regarding “increases” in subsidies very misleading. If the point is that archdiocese income is not keeping up with inflation, then that is a totally different story not discussed in this report… at least I didn’t see it.


      Where can I find the official report?

  • APHS - '69

    I hate to see any school close but losing Prendie means the loss of a great institution, both my sisters, my neice and I all graduated from Prendie. They were the best 4 years, new friendships were formed most lasting. The corner of Garrett Rd & Lansdowne Ave will not be the same and I will miss seeing the upper tower of the school lit on my way to work in the morning. If the school has to close I do hope that the buildings will be put to good use and not torn down. As our motto says “Ut Sim Fidelis”. Hail to the Garnet & Grey – it will live forever in the hearts of all of the Alumnae who have passed through its hallowed halls.

  • Cathy Evans

    I was fortunate to receive 12 yrs. of Catholic education. I cannot think of any educator that did not do their best to assist in my education. My two children were very fortunate to receive their catholic education and I believe they embrace their memories as well. It is most unfortunate for the children/families/educators/ to endure this tragedy. Why don’t we all try lending some support?????? The blame game never works.

    • billrad21

      The BLAME GAME???????? Lend some support! You my dear are an idiot!

      • cathy evans

        bukkrad21: Perhaps you are more capable of such anger and could seek some counselling for it. I am sure all your problems are someone’s fault, right?

  • Angel

    I don’t see it as lashing out against the Archdiocese, but rather holding the Archdiocese accountable for the current state of affairs. Yes, they can certainly attribute this decision to declining enrollment and rising costs. But the reality is that this decision could have been avoided, or its impact minimized, had the Archdiocese focused its considerable resources on streamlining operations, containing costs, forecasting enrollment patterns, and promotion/recruitment. Closing and/or consolidating schools is a reactive response and a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

  • Bill G.

    I went to Incarnation grade school 1 through 8, . I also went to Cardinal Dougherty H.S., now both will be closed. this sucks.

  • Rose Kuprianov

    St. Gabriel’s School in South Philadelphia is a gem – I am hoping and praying that the diocese will be able to keep it open.

  • Goretti Girl

    Those of us who attended Catholic grade school & high school look fondly back on those days. My parents sacrificed daily so we could get a religious education. It breaks my heart to see the closings & mergers. Schools in the sixties were quite different-at least 100 students per grade-more in the larger schools and we need to remember that the Church depended on Sisters to teach back then. My grade school had only 2 lay teachers and I’m sure it was still dificult to pay them. Now our schools are mainly staffed by lay teachers due to the drastic decline in vocations over the years. Bottom line-no more free help.
    How can we justify trying to maintain ancient buildings that were originally intended for 1000 students when we have barely 150 to fill them? A dollar goes only so far. I’m sure the diocese takes no pleasure in this.
    I feel for all the students who will be affected by these changes especially those in high school who are at a vulnerable point in their lives.
    Let’s pray for the many teachers who will be jobless in a horrible economy. Let’s pray for the displaced religious who are and will be working in the schools at various tasks long after you & I are looking at retirement.
    This is indeed a sad day in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

  • Jimmers

    Teachers salaries…parishioners leaving the church…..rising tuition….increased archdiocese cost to cover EXPENSES….declining enrollment all lead to this. All those kids dropping into the public school system will raise taxes even more. The Catholic school system that many of us grew up in, is no longer viable. It’s a sad state to work in..but it is a fact. Hold on to your memories…

  • vince

    Where are alkl the high school students going to ? I had a catholic education from first grade through to my college graduation. I would never trade the value of it.

  • Robert Hufford

    Well there you have it. The Archdiocese has wielded it’s axe again and this time it has even more riveting repercussions. closing basically all Grade Schools in the Conshohocken Area leaving parents with the decision of weather raising their children in the Catholic Church. The Bible says the Lord threw the money changers out of the temple and here we see that money has once again reared it’s ugly head. I guess when it is time for all of us to meet our maker we will be confronted by ST Peter at the gates of heaven telling all that you will have to pay to enter heaven. Montgomery County took the hits of closing of Archbishop Kennedy which merged with Bishop Kenrick in Norristown only to see it’s demise just 17 years later. Montgomery County in the eyes of The Archdiocese of Philadelphia should cease operations. Maybe the Archdiocese should sell of it abundant land and religious artifacts to solve some of it’s economic woes because they sure have taken out the Religious beliefs of those whom chose to send their children there. I guess next collectionenvelopes will be added to the responsibilities of the flock to help defray the costs of legal action taken on all of thedeviate clergy who sexually assaulted the children.

    • Tim Matheson

      Robert, just for future reference, in your 3rd sentence, “weather” should be “whether”.

      Your parents wasted their money.

      • Uncatholic

        And finishing school worked well for you?

    • Paul

      What? How did sexual assaults get tied in to this? Enrollment is down, so keeping all of these schools open would be a continued money drain. Like it or not, Catholic schools cost money to run. Get St. Peter to provide teachers, janitors, heat, electricity, and supplies, and maybe they’ll be different from other institutions.
      P.S. grammar police:
      “those whom chose”
      random capitalization

      • Bill

        This website is NOT the first one where people have falsely stated that rising tuition costs are going to pay lawsuits. It’s THAT attitude of retaliation by not contributing to Sunday collections that has caused, in my opinion, half the closings.

      • haywood

        Enrollment is not down and tuition is way up. Maybe you should question what you are being led to believe. P.S. grammer police, your last sentence is a run on sentence. There should have been a period after supplies. Pay attention.

  • Kathleen

    Some people commenting here sound so embittered and are lashing out against the Archdiocese. My question to them is this: “”With declining enrollment and increasing costs, what would YOU have them do to remedy the situation:”

    I am praying for all of those affected by this sad news.

    • supermom

      Probably paying the tuition and Sunday envelopes-maybe THAT’S why people sound so embittered. They feel like they’ve been duped. The Church wants loyalty from the sheep-er-I mean flock but there is NO loyalty in return.” We’re closing your school-good luck getting your kid to the next school X am’t of miles away. Too bad if you don’t have a car or can’t afford tokens…..”

    • haywood

      St Laurentius is at full capacity and has waiting lists for several grades. Tuition is at about $3000/yr. I don’t think this is the reason they are closing schools. It probably has something to do with the archdiocese’ liability in lawsuits regarding pervert priests. It wouldn’t be the first time the the church has lied to us.

  • frank miles

    are chester schools closing because the teachers aren’t getting paid

  • Uncatholic

    For the second time in four years the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has devestated my son by closing Msgr Bonner. Will they provide counseling or direction to my son and the hundreds of children they threw out again? No. They repeatedly abandon the children we entrust to them and consequences be damned. No big surprise to be disappointed again. My son’s plan? Drop out. So thanks to the Archdiocese instead of proudly graduating from Bonner my son will drop out and and get a GED. I hope your “business” works out for you, but you’ll never have my children,support, or money again.

    • gwen randolph

      My Heart is so sadden with the news that I heard. I really hope this
      is just a bad dream. Our Lady of Lourdes forever….

      I will be praying for all the churches, teachers, and families that
      have to go through this experience.

    • Theopolis

      Don’t be a victim! Grow up!

      • Uncatholic

        Don’t be a troll just go away if you have nothing meaningful to contribute

    • Former Catholic Girl

      You just hit the nail on the head, it’s a business.

      Bickering amongst each other won’t solve the problem. Your voices together are louder, maybe the committe will hear it if you team up. Shouting at each other doesn’t accomplish anything.

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