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Catholic schools ready to step up as St. Mary's Algoma prepares to close

Area private schools are ready to help your family have a faith-based education after Algoma’s St. Mary School announced it would close its doors at the end of the academic year.


Algoma St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Pastor Father Alvan Amadi wrote in their bulletin earlier this month that the school has seen continued enrollment decline and staffing challenges over the last five years. The decision to close the school came after much prayer, a long process of discernment, surveys with parishioners, and conversations with Bishop David Ricken and the Diocesan Education Office. The parish is working with the area’s four Catholic schools (Holy Rosary in Kewaunee, Holy Trinity in Casco, St. Mary’s in Luxemburg, and St. John Bosco in Sturgeon Bay) to help place the remaining students for the upcoming academic year. Father Dan Schuster, the pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Casco and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Luxemburg, knows it was hard for the Algoma school to close. Still, he is happy other local faith communities are able to offer a Catholic education.

Families looking to enroll their children in private or religious school tuition-free this fall have until April 21st through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.


Pictures courtesy of Holy Trinity Church in Casco.

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