Holy Cross Academy to close as Diocesan funded school
Another Catholic school is closing come 2018, this one in the Diocese of Trenton.
Holy Cross Academy in Delran (Burlington County) will close at the end of the school year on June 30.
An announcement Wednesday from the Diocese said Holy Cross will no longer receive their financial support, likely stemming from the steady decline of attendance at churches across the DOT for a variety of reasons.
In the past two-decades plus, the Diocese has provided Holy Cross with $13.8 million in subsidies which includes over $500,000.00 in the past school year.
“For 60 years, Holy Cross High School/Academy in Delran has been both a blessing and an important resource in the Diocese of Trenton, providing a quality Catholic education to families in Burlington County and beyond,” Bishop David O'Connell's statement reads. “During that time, this diocesan high school has seen significant growth, at one point even requiring the construction of a larger facility. More recently, however, the school, like many others across the nation, has experienced serious decline in both its enrollment and its ability to sustain itself financially.”
“Efforts to build enrollment and strengthen the school’s financial footing over the past several years have not been sufficiently impactful, and neither the Diocese nor the school itself has the means to keep the school operating for any extended period of time,” the statement continued.
Bishop O'Connell did grant permission for a committee which features a group of interested alumni, to re-open the school come July 1 as an independent Catholic high school and offered the Diocese's help as the plan gains traction.
Holy Cross Academy issued a statement of their own to their school community:
“May God bless everyone in the Holy Cross community as we transition to a new chapter in Catholic education for Burlington County," Bishop O'Connell concluded.
The closing of private/Catholic schools has been on a decline for years amidst allegations against members of the clergy for pedophilia in this and every other non-denominational church in the religion of Christianity.
People have left the church for a variety of other reasons as well which is why in 2015 Bishop O'Connell started developing cohort teams within the diocese to come together and work towards finding out why...why people left, why they don't return along with what keeps them away and more.
The Diocese of Trenton covers four New Jersey counties, Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth and Mercer.
Inside towns such as Toms River for example, a cohort built of the four Catholic churches in this Ocean County town (St. Justin's, St. Joe's, St. Luke's and St. Maximillian Kolbe) have formed a collaborative effort (RCCTR) and divided their focus into separate but one group.
The groups main targets include a millenial focus, a senior citizen focus, parents of newborns, newly wed couples and a communication core is focused on finding out what hasn't worked and what still does but needs improving.
The goal is not to collect money but to bring people back to the faith community and invite those who are thinking of converting to the Catholic Church a welcoming embrace of open arms.
They hope the sinful actions of a few clergy, won't harm people's idea of the church any longer.
Fr. Scott Shaffer, pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in Toms River spoke to WOBM's Shawn Michaels and Sue Moll earlier this fall on the RCCTR: