Archdiocese announces layoffs, school closures

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The Catholic Archdiocese is laying off 10 percent of its employees and planning to close or consolidate five schools.

Cardinal Francis George says the archdiocese has been running a deep deficit over the past four years and these new steps will correct the problem.

At the pastoral center, 75 positions have been terminated.  55 of them were full-time.

The five schools affected are:

  •    St Helena of the Cross on the south side
  •    St Paul-Our Lady of Vilna in the Pilsen neighborhood
  •    St Bernadine in Forest Park
  •    St Kiernan in Chicago Heights
  •  St Gregory the Great High School on the north side

The news was revealed to Chicago Catholics in a letter from Francis Cardinal George who is now in Rome to help select a new pope. On the archdiocese website, he writes, “These actions are being taken now because the financial situation imposes them.  We are also taking them, however, so that the archdiocese will have the resources she needs for her mission.  School closings are disruptive to the communities affected, and we are working to assist school families during this transition period, particularly by offering scholarships for their children to attend nearby Catholic schools.”

In his letter, the cardinal refers to the affected employees as faith-filled men and women who’ve worked tirelessly for the good of the church and asks Chicago Catholics to keep them in their prayers.

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  • kirby1414

    The Catholic CHurch has paid out over $2 billion dollars in restitution $$ for sex abusing priests…that $$ might help out – – ya think???
    If they locked up the abusing priests – wouldn't cost the church anything except the shame that they should feel for allowing this to go on for so many years!

  • sarah

    The older I get, the less I understand the "pulling control" of religion, across the board. The schools, however, are bastions of excellence in education at a fairly low cost. I hate losing even the tiniest of them — big cities, small towns. They nurture children in a value-based system by good people who are not corrupted by the larger entanglements of Catholic hierarchy. I find less difference among those who reach outward to help communities and those who are in need, without any discussion of faith. However, once anyone approaches the doctrines of any of many, many faiths, the charity and common sense go out the window. Good people do good things, regardless of faith — anyway, that is what I think.