Friday, January 18, 2013

The end of an era

I hear things got pretty contentious last night as the Diocese of Buffalo held a meeting to announce the closing of St. Teresa's and St. Ambrose schools. South Buffalo, once a hotbed of Catholic guilt, will now be down to one Catholic school. Suburban flight as well as the emergence of free, successful public and charter schools have led to a steady decrease in students.

My school (St. Agatha's) closed years ago. The main thing I miss were the snowball fights. Who needed gym class? We walked to and from school twice each day. And once we were there, we were told how we were all sinners and threatened with hell. We went to endless church services where we stood, knelt, and sat while taking part in various cult-like activities.

The nuns at that time were maniacal. Their favorite method to achieve discipline was to scare it out of the students. And just like the local mob boss, they had to back up their threats with violence.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. In other words, will St. Martins achieve a great influx of students? Or will these families opt in to the Discovery School, OLV, or the South Buffalo Charter School?

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