Since 2008, the diocese has been involved in a strategic planning initiative for Catholic education, titled Preserving the Vision. In September 2012, St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy will open in Windsor Terrace. Holy Name of Jesus School and Immaculate Heart of Mary School will close, and the new academy will be housed in Holy
Name. The current enrollment is 244 students at Holy Name and 208 at Immaculate Heart of Mary (both N-8).
The move to the academy model comes at a time when the diocese has done extensive studies regarding the demographic shifts throughout Brooklyn and Queens, and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has asked all parishes and schools to work towards evangelization and financial goals as well as the establishment of regional Catholic academies.
“St. Joseph diligently cared for both Mary and Jesus throughout his life. Perhaps even more importantly he had dreams which enabled him to see beyond what laid before him – he saw possibility. It is our sincere hope that we too can see possibility and dare to dream of what can be for the children in our area,” said Father James Cunningham, pastor of Holy Name, and Father Robert Adamo, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary, in a joint letter to parents and parishioners.