“Community is at the heart of all Catholic education, not simply as a concept to be taught, but as a reality to be lived. … Your students will learn to understand and appreciate the value of community as they experience love, trust and loyalty in your schools and educational programs, and as they learn to treat all persons as brothers and sisters created by God and redeemed by Christ.”
Spoken by his Holiness, Pope John Paul II, in a speech to elementary, secondary and religious education leaders in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 12, 1987
Letter to the Archbishop Your Excellency: We urgently write to appeal the merger of Annunciation B.V.M. (Havertown) with St. Denis because the recommended merger has already had, and will continue to have, a severe and adverse impact on Catholic education and the Catholic faith in Havertown. We are mindful of your recent and thoughtful statement regarding the high school appeal process that, "...this decision is too important to be made without considering absolutely every fact and all serious, substantive proposals even if they don't fit the time frame originally set. We owe it to our teachers, administrators, students and school families." We hope and trust that you will apply this same rational approach to our current appeal, which, for the unique reasons discussed below, is being submitted later than the date originally requested by the Archdiocese. It is imperative to the moral education of our children that both Annunciation and St. Denis remain separate parish schools!
To the Families of Annunciation School,
Based on the earlier survey which resulted in a majority for an appeal of the closing of ABVM, this petition was created. You received via e-mail a copy of the appeal letter we are submitting to the Archbishop. Please sign the Petition, and your name will be included on the appeal letter.