Dear Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Family,
It is with a heavy heart that I officially report that I received a letter on February 12th from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr (which can be read in it’s entirety here) stating that he accepted the recommendation of the Board of Limited Jurisdiction and the Saint Nicholas Academy Future Fund Committee that at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 academic, Saint Nicholas Academy (SNA) would close. First, I want to thank the group of parents and parishioners who fought so hard to try and save the school. In the end, it wasn’t a lack of money, effort, or desire, but declining enrollment that was the determining factor. Thank you to all who were so generous over the years in the support of Saint Nicholas Academy.
Closing a door, whether our school or in life, is never easy. It brings pain, anger, frustration, and an anxiety about what the future holds. The next few months will be difficult and test us as we both mourn our loss and celebrate the great successes that SNA has achieved over the past 10 plus years while beginning to look forward to what God has in store. During the difficult transition, please continue to pray for our families as the seek new educational opportunities and for our teachers and staff as they seek new employment.
Currently, I am working with local parishes to see how we can transition our families into new schools. Some pastors have already verbally agreed to working out some form of in-parish rate. However as a matter of justice, other parishes should not be expected to supplement the education of our children, that is, take a financial loss by giving them an in-parish rate. Thus, we are in the process of working out details of how Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) will help supplement family tuition. To help this endeavor, we ask OLSH parents of SNA to inform the parish office as soon as possible of where you intend to send your children next year. Our hope is that with this information, we will be able to cover some of the tuition costs and offer the same levels of financial aid as in previous year. Financial aid forms will be made available March 1.
Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” As we move forward, we will not forget the closing door as we seek the opens doors ahead. With Jesus Christ as our strength and guide, we will face the uncertainty together with trust and hope in our Father’s loving plan. May the Lord bless us and protect us as we cross the threshold of new opportunity.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Reverend Matthew J. Robben, Pastor