ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Catholics in St. Louis are preparing for major changes that will impact every parish and school in the St. Louis area as the Archdiocese of St. Louis struggles to deal with the decrease in population.
The “All Things New” plan will examine the changing landscape of Catholics in the region and will likely result in closures that will “significantly impact our current plan.”
A survey was done in the 178 parishes and at the moment they are conducting a survey for the 125 schools. The survey asks parents, students, teachers and anyone with a vested interest in Catholic education for their views on the future, including how far you would drive to school.
“You understand why there is a consolidation, but you hope they continue the tradition of keeping Catholic schools in our area,” said Bob Schillinger. Schillinger has four children in Catholic schools.
Her son goes to St. Mary’s in south St. Louis.
“If they combined with another coeducational school, it would be a different educational experience for my child. Honestly, he would probably consider other options,” Schillinger said.
Tom Schneider is fighting to keep his parish, Saint-Ferdinand in Florissant, open.
“St. Ferdinand is to the city of Florissant what the Old Cathedral is to Saint-Louis, it is our heritage,” Schneider said.
Several schools in the archdiocese have closed in recent years, including Trinity Catholic High School in North County last year.
Parents worry about future options for the next generation.
The inquest is due to take place on Monday, May 2. The next step will be to compile all the data collected to get an overview of the current reality. This summer, a draft of the planning process will be completed and, during the fall, listening sessions will be held to gather feedback.
Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will announce the new plan on Pentecost 2023, which will take place at the end of next May.
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