Dear Editor: They will never take our strength of excelling or our faith distributed within the educational system (“Bishop Kearney High School Announces Permanent Closure,”May 19). We are 1.2 billion strong and expanding. Good luck to all.
The governor of New York could have assisted but he decided to turn his back on the Catholics. God bless America.
Dear Editor: The Sisters of St. Joseph still can manage to keep St. Joseph’s High School in downtown Brooklyn open with low class sizes because the building is less costly to operate. As far as I’m concerned, this is an abandonment of middle class Brooklyn. The Bishop Kearney School Board and staff worked hard to raise money and attract students with new technology. Bishop Kearney should have been phased out until the last class graduated. Many lives are now in turmoil due to this greedy decision that is all about money and real estate. I pray that the students and dedicated faculty will find another home in a Catholic School for the next school year.
Dear Editor: May God bless the whole Kearney High Family — past and present. God bless the Sisters of St. Joseph, magnificent educator and women of the gospel and their many lay partners who dedicated themselves to the education of the young.
BROTHER ROBERT J. WICKMAN, F.S.C.
Dear Editor: Praying for the students, faculty and staff.
Dear Editor: This is a very sad announcement – a great school, with Sister Letitia Maria Flanagan, C.S.J., as founding principal. Sister was a seasoned educator, and was community supervisor of schools before coming to Kearney. And the motherhouse in Brentwood sent a superb group of Sisters to form the first faculty under Sister Letitia Maria.
As I recall, the diocese was seeking funds to open five schools; however, since the money raised exceeded all expectations, Archbishop McEntegart decided to open six high schools instead.
In addition to Bishop Kearny H.S., the schools were: Bishop Ford in Park Slope, under the Franciscan Brothers; Nazareth in East Flatbush, under the Xaverian Brothers, both in Brooklyn.
In Queens: Mater Christi, under the De La Salle Christian Brothers in Astoria and the Sisters of Mercy; Bishop Reilly, under the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and the Halifax Sisters of Charity, in Fresh Meadows; and Christ the King, under the Marist Brothers and the Daughters of Wisdom, in Middle Village.
Bishop Kearney has had a proud and distinguished history. Now the school will be a cherished memory. God bless all the Brentwood Josephites!