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Parents, Former Students Lament Closure of St. Kieran School

The closing was brought on by the school's $1 million debt to the Chicago Archdiosese.

After years of financial woes and lower enrollment, St. Kieran School will be closing at the end of its 2012-2013 school year, according to a school board member.

The school has had decreased enrollment in recent years and has had to borrow money from the Archdiocese of Chicago, building up to a debt of more than $1 million.

Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P. Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools responded to Patch inquiries about the closing with the following statement:

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools is supporting St. Kieran parish’s request to close St. Kieran School at the end of this school year due to ongoing enrollment and financial concerns. The parish has provided years of generous support in underwriting Catholic education at the site.

Patch took to Facebook to find out how former students and parents of students were taking the news. The reponses revealed suspicion about the motives for closing the school.

"I am a 1980 graduate of St. Kieran and I can say it was the best time of my life," said Mary C. Mascolino Blum. "I am still in contact with over 60 percent of the kids I graduated with. I think something fishy went on and I hope the truth comes out."

Grazia DiGiovanni laments the closing of St. Kieran, pointing it out as a major blow for Chicago Heights:

"I still attend St. Kieran church when I am back home visiting my folks and I know a lot of people who went there. I was so very sad to hear about this and it brought back a lot of memories of when my school, Mount Carmel, closed in 90. There is just nothing left of the wonderful town I grew up in, and with each of these closings its only going to get worse. I feel sad that kids today will never know the Heights the way it was when I was younger... safe, vibrant and great place to call home."

The closing of the school has raised a slew of questions from parents and former students. Some have suggested a merger with St. Joseph's in Homewood could solve the problem. Others are curious as to why more information was not sent out beforehand. 

St. Kieran officials have yet to make a public statement about the closure but have had meetings explaining the situation to parents, students and parishoners.

Patch will post new information as it is confirmed.

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BUTCH February 13, 2013 at 07:49 PM
The real tragedy of the closings of schools and the Million in debt to the Archdiocese is even if there was a donor for one million the Archdiocese would take the money and run as they did to the last School in Englewood!. This happened after the alumni some of them prominent folks raised more than that and were working with the parishioners new roof, windows, doors, floors for the school and when the dough was counted the Archdiocese took the money to give to some other mythic disaster with no news release or info on why. The years of predators and corruption and victims of the predators are part of the reason so are the thefts by ungodly priests remember the lowlife men of god from JP and St. Chris, who sold their souls to?? The Pope could no longer deal with the ongoing predator scandals, cover ups by American Archbishops Dolan and Mahony, looting of the Vatican bank by the banksters in Europe and Bush administrator who looted and plundered Wall street, This post could be false flag to smoke out some other sucker to save the School.Remember at one time Marian was going to build a new campus near ST Kienan's that would be great!
BUTCH February 13, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Remember when there were slave or cheap labor Nuns in the entire Archdiocese? The rich men and swindlers running the Archdiocese did not treat them well after they retired so not many young ladies became nuns in America, The real reasons the rich men of the Church and their Conservative pro life supporters do not want females to be priests has more to do with their homo bonding and the good life a priest has, even his secret life, remember the crook Cody who led a double life, a family man and Cardinal wow! Just like old time religion before they changed the rules for this very reason. If the new Pope was on the square he would change this skull-bones club to a all inclusive female-male and or GAY women or men whatever, at least it would be honest and get the rich gays to support them because the right rich gay and straight neo con TPARTYERS are putting it in the Caymans and can care less about nuns dying in poverty and or going blind and deaf, the only rich man I ever met who did anything for nuns was a Liberal Jew.
John Parker May 03, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Butch, you are an idiot.

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