The abrupt closing this month of a Catholic elementary school after 70 years in operation is offering a stark reminder of challenges facing the institution.
St. Catherine of Bologna School in Ringwood was shut down July 5, one day after supporters spent their Fourth of July holiday staffing a farmer's market information tent in a last-ditch effort to attract new students and save the school.
It was a sad, but not unfamiliar, outcome. For decades, Catholic schools in New Jersey and nationally have grappled with financial pressures stemming from declining enrollment.
Diocese of Paterson Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli in 2009
A statue of Saint Pius X, as seen in 2000 in front of the closed St. Pius High School in Piscataway.