Faith in Tomorrow
Revitalization of Catholic Schools

March 21, 2014

The goal of school revitalization is to strengthen Catholic identity and academics, establish school models that will stabilize and grow enrollment, and place schools on a solid financial foundation. 

Although the Revitalization process intensified from September, 2013 to January, 2014, the process really began in 2009 when the Diocesan Advisory Council hired Meitler Consultants, Inc., a national organization familiar with diocesan structures, to study Catholic school education in the Diocese of Buffalo. Following that study Verdi and Associates researched the detailed demographic and fiscal situation in Western New York.  As a result of this research and analysis, the diocesan strategic plan, Faith in Tomorrow, was promulgated by Bishop Kmiec in 2011 and reaffirmed by Bishop Malone in 2012.  One of the goals in this plan clearly stated:

"By 2013-14, in a collaborative effort, school, parish and diocesan leadership will right-size the number and location of elementary school buildings to address the demographic realities, attain defined optimal enrollment per building and achieve financial stability."

The following is a library of resources for the Revitalization of Catholic Schools: 

I. Press Releases & Series Updates 

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools The Next Steps

    September, 2013 - The Next Steps outlines the major goals of Catholic School Revitalization which will further strengthen Catholic identity and academics, as well as address finances and school governance. 

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools Update #1

    November 6, 2013 - Update #1 introduces the Revitalization process and identifies cluster meeting groups. 

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools Update #2

    November 20, 2013 - Update #2 outlines the School Profile Report, a key tool being used for cluster discussions.

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools Update #3

    December 5, 2013 - Update #3 discusses the decrease in public elementary school enrollment in Western New York and Catholic elementary school enrollment in the Diocese.

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools Update #4

    December 18, 2013 - Update #4 A look inside our Catholic Schools.  Beginning this spring, three long-term projects will be introduced in order to change and improve the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Buffalo.

  • Bishop Malone Announces Revitalization of Catholic Elementary Schools

    January 15, 2014 - Announcement contains the list of school closures, talks to generate new scholarships, Catholic elementary schools in Buffalo remaining open and Bishop Malone's call for approval of Investment in Education Tax Credit.

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools Update #5 - Survey Results

    January 28, 2014 - Recently 2,542 parents, guardians and other members of our Catholic school communities completed a survey about the future of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Buffalo.  Respondents answered questions on a variety of topics related to the education of our elementary school children.  This update contains highlights from the survey.

  • "School closings difficult, yet necessary", by By Most Reverend Richard J. Malone

    March 23, 2014 - Bishop Malone discusses the Revitalization process and the strengthening of Catholic schools.

  • "Vatican Upholds School Closing Decision" - Press Release

    May 15, 2014 - The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education has upheld Bishop Richard J. Malone's Jan. 15, 2014, decision to close St. Bernadette School (Orchard Park), St. Francis of Assisi School (Tonawanda) and St. Mary of the Lake School (Hamburg).

II. Data Reports and Documents

 

Faith in Tomorrow
Revitalization of Catholic Schools

March 21, 2014

The goal of school revitalization is to strengthen Catholic identity and academics, establish school models that will stabilize and grow enrollment, and place schools on a solid financial foundation. 

Although the Revitalization process intensified from September, 2013 to January, 2014, the process really began in 2009 when the Diocesan Advisory Council hired Meitler Consultants, Inc., a national organization familiar with diocesan structures, to study Catholic school education in the Diocese of Buffalo. Following that study Verdi and Associates researched the detailed demographic and fiscal situation in Western New York.  As a result of this research and analysis, the diocesan strategic plan, Faith in Tomorrow, was promulgated by Bishop Kmiec in 2011 and reaffirmed by Bishop Malone in 2012.  One of the goals in this plan clearly stated:

"By 2013-14, in a collaborative effort, school, parish and diocesan leadership will right-size the number and location of elementary school buildings to address the demographic realities, attain defined optimal enrollment per building and achieve financial stability."

The following is a library of resources for the Revitalization of Catholic Schools: 

I. Press Releases & Series Updates 

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools The Next Steps

    September, 2013 - The Next Steps outlines the major goals of Catholic School Revitalization which will further strengthen Catholic identity and academics, as well as address finances and school governance. 

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools Update #1

    November 6, 2013 - Update #1 introduces the Revitalization process and identifies cluster meeting groups. 

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools Update #2

    November 20, 2013 - Update #2 outlines the School Profile Report, a key tool being used for cluster discussions.

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools Update #3

    December 5, 2013 - Update #3 discusses the decrease in public elementary school enrollment in Western New York and Catholic elementary school enrollment in the Diocese.

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools Update #4

    December 18, 2013 - Update #4 A look inside our Catholic Schools.  Beginning this spring, three long-term projects will be introduced in order to change and improve the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Buffalo.

  • Bishop Malone Announces Revitalization of Catholic Elementary Schools

    January 15, 2014 - Announcement contains the list of school closures, talks to generate new scholarships, Catholic elementary schools in Buffalo remaining open and Bishop Malone's call for approval of Investment in Education Tax Credit.

  • Revitalization of Catholic Schools Update #5 - Survey Results

    January 28, 2014 - Recently 2,542 parents, guardians and other members of our Catholic school communities completed a survey about the future of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Buffalo.  Respondents answered questions on a variety of topics related to the education of our elementary school children.  This update contains highlights from the survey.

  • "School closings difficult, yet necessary", by By Most Reverend Richard J. Malone

    March 23, 2014 - Bishop Malone discusses the Revitalization process and the strengthening of Catholic schools.

  • "Vatican Upholds School Closing Decision" - Press Release

    May 15, 2014 - The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education has upheld Bishop Richard J. Malone's Jan. 15, 2014, decision to close St. Bernadette School (Orchard Park), St. Francis of Assisi School (Tonawanda) and St. Mary of the Lake School (Hamburg).

II. Data Reports and Documents