One day after the end of National Catholic Schools Week, a meeting will be held on possibly reopening St. Mary’s School in Platteville.
The meeting will be held in the St. Mary Catholic Church hall Sunday at 2 p.m. St. Mary’s and St. Augustine’s religious education coordinator Diane Drefcinski said the meeting is “to see who is interested in this possibility and discuss how the group can prayerfully discern if it be God’s will to ‘resurrect’ the school in the undetermined future.”
The meeting is also open for those who have school-aged or younger children “who might be interested in Catholic education,” said Drefcinski. Information about St. Rose School in Cuba City will also be available at the meeting.
St. Mary’s School opened across the street from the church in 1935. The church was in the midst of a capital campaign to raise money to purchase the former O.E. Gray School from Platteville Public Schools, where it moved after PPS closed O.E. Gray in 2008. Then Rev. Charles Schluter was replaced by priests from the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, which was followed by declines in school enrollment and finances.
“It has been said that the only solution for saving the parish school would be for me to remove Fr. Faustino Ruiz and Fr. John Del Priore,” wrote Bishop Robert Morlino in a letter to parishioners announcing the school’s closing in April 2012. “I think, however, that at the end of the day, the Catholic faith is being taught according to the proper understanding of the Second Vatican Council, and that what remains are personal likes and dislikes, along with inflated rumors and gossip, some of which may even rise to the level of calumnious inciting of hatred of your priests, the faith, and myself. For these likes and dislikes, gossip, and hurt feelings, the Catholic faith is rejected and a school is closed.”
Catholic Schools Week began Sunday and ends Saturday.
“While some people say the school will never reopen, there are those who have faith that if it be God’s will to reopen, He will provide the way to do it,” said Drefcinski.
For more information, contact Drefcinski, 348-9735.