Local Catholic schools to undergo strategic review

There are a dozen Catholic elementary schools in western Massachusetts

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield will be taking a hard look at their schools.

22News asked Bishop Mitchell Rozanski if he saw a path forward without closing or consolidating the 14 Catholic schools in the diocese and he said, “I don’t know.”

Facing financial challenges, Bishop Mitchell Rozanski has formed a committee to review all operational aspects of their schools. The committee will find a viable path forward and making recommendations by this summer. Among the financial challenges that Bishop Rozanski discussed included changing demographics and lower enrollment.

St. Mary’s School in Ware closed due to low student enrollment

“The number of children and families have certainly changed. So all of those factor are coming together to make us think of how do we further the cause of Catholic education in our world which is so needed,” said Bishop Rozanski.

At 110 students, St. Stanislaus Kostka in Adams has the lowest enrollment. At 478, St. Michael’s Academy in Springfield has the highest. There is a total of 3,044 Catholic school students across the diocese.

“Unfortunately in this diocese we have seen the closure of schools for the past years and that is always a very sad event. However, as we look to the future and the Bishop looks to this study, there are other ways that hopeful we can strengthen Catholic Schools,” explained Sister Andrea Ciszewski, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Springfield Diocese.

Bishop Rozanski told 22News he believes in the mission of Catholic schools and bringing values to STEM education. Next week is Catholic Schools week in the diocese where they encourage families to ask questions, take a tour and consider enrolling their children.

There are a dozen Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Springfield:

  • St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams
  • St. Joan of Arc School in Chicopee
  • St. Stanislaus School in Chicopoee
  • St. Agnes Academy in Dalton
  • Blessed Sacrament School in Holyoke
  • Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke
  • St. Mary School in Lee
  • St. Mary’s Academy in Longmeadow
  • St. John the Baptist School in Ludlow
  • St. Michael’s Academy in Springfield
  • St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Springfield
  • St. Mary Parish School- Elementary in Westfield