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Joe Kyrillos: Washington is Failing US

Consolidating Catholic Education: St. Gabriel and St. Thomas | South Philly Review

Since Jan. 6, the students and staff at St. Gabriel School, 2917 Dickinson St., have needed as much might as their savior can grant, as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia-appointed Blue Ribbon Commission announced plans to merge the facility with St. Thomas Aquinas, 1719 Morris St., to form a regional school. The devoted advocates of their 104-year-old educational home are hoping today’s appeal before a review committee will help to prolong its Grays Ferry existence.

“Someone could have knocked us over with a feather,” nine-year Principal Sister Noreen Friel said Friday of the commission’s conclusions.

Kindergarten teacher Michelle Sumner has spent her entire 34-year professional career as a member of the St. Gabriel clan. The graduate of Epiphany of Our Lord, 1248 Jackson St. — a spot scheduled to merge with Holy Spirit, 1845 Hartranft St.; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2329 S. Third St.; Sacred Heart of Jesus, 1329 E. Moyamensing Ave.; and St. Richard, 1826 Pollock St., at the former Stella Maris site, 814 Bigler St. — hopes implementation plans end up being for naught.

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by Joseph Myers