St. Monica Merger with Malvern School is Off

A stunning announcement came Thursday evening in an email to St. Monica families.

In the latest and unexpected twist in what has been a roller coaster ride of emotions for over a month, will now not be merging with St. Patrick's Parish School in Malvern to form a new, regional school.

The announcement came in an email sent by St. Monica Pastor Rev. William Trader to the Saint Monica Parish and school community just after 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

How they got to this point

The two schools were to be closed and merged into a new, consolidated school on the St. Patrick's campus in Malvern. but had been instructed by Archbishop Charles Chaput to move forward with planning for the new school during the appeal process.

which will now not be created, according to Trader. Instead, only St. Monica's school will simply close.

Below is the full text of Trader's letter:

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Monica's,

This morning at 9:00 a.m., I was called to the Office of Archbishop Chaput. I met with the Archbishop and he informed me that the appeal filed by Saint Patrick's Parish was to be granted. I strongly reiterated my support of the Regional School. In light of my conversation with the Archbishop, he then reviewed his decision with the staff of the Office of Catholic Education. This evening, the Archbishop telephoned to inform me that Saint Patrick's School would remain a parish school. The children attending Saint Monica's School are free to attend any Catholic Parish School of their choosing.

The faculty and administration have been informed that they will be able to apply for any open teaching or administrative position in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I will be calling a meeting of the leadership of the Parish - Pastoral Council, Finance Council and the Home and School Association - to assist in the placement and support of our school families.

I ask that we continue to pray for each other and for ALL involved in the Church during these transitional times.

God's peace,

(Rev.) William A. Trader

, Trader and St. Monica School Principal Lisa Hoban told parents that they did not expect St. Patrick's appeal to be granted based on the attendance and other criteria needed to appeal.

Patch will continue to follow this developing story.

Linda G February 17, 2012 at 03:03 AM
The idea of St. Monica and St. Pat's merging was not anything anyone wanted from begining on. The name of the new school was cold and truly uninviting. The whole process from start to now was very "unchristian like" and I feel it is better for the children of St. Monica's to pick where they would rather be. Good luck to all. Father Trador did a great job trying; but there was something missing and I think the right decision was made. "no merge"!
Stacie K. February 17, 2012 at 01:44 PM
St. Patrick's had not been officially told of the appeal results, the parents and teachers found out through this site and reading Fr. Trader's letter to his parish last night. Yet the Archbishop expressly told both pastors not to pass on the official results until this morning. I would hope if Fr. Trader were in the same shoes as Fr. Redcay and had the information he had, Fr. Trader would have done the same thing and appealed the decision b/c that is what is best for his parish and school. The process was an emotional one for both schools but I would like to stress the feeling among the parents that I have talked to(who are numerous) at St. Patrick's who have children attending the school - we welcome St. Monica's families and hope you do join us. No one has gone through this process before, it was certainly not an easy one. I agree with Linda in that St. Monica's children are now able to choose where they want to go - you should have had that option from the start and that is a good thing. St. Monica's parents please know: you are welcome, you are wanted, always - that has never changed.
Margaret L February 17, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I have a 7th grade daughter at St. Pat's who was SO excited about the St. Monica's students who were going to be coming to St. Pat's next year. When they toured the school she said everyone was SO nice. I really hope the St. Monica's kids will seriously consider transferring to St. Pat's. It is a wonderful school and we would welcome them with open arms!
Stacie K. February 17, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Agreed Margaret, my son and daughter in 2nd and 3rd grade were/are looking forward to St. Monica's students coming over!
Holly H February 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
There has been a difficult time, made more difficult by a few, but it can be made better by the rest. There is a spirit of invitation, a community of welcome and a hope for the children of St. Monica's to become a part of St. Patrick's. I hope my children get a chance to know more of the children from St. Monica's and that they realize we have always wanted to make them feel welcome. I also hope there will be families who come visit St. Pat's to see for themselves, what is there and the excitement the children feel at the prospect of new friends.
Brian S February 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM
At St. Pat's, the parents and the students were looking forward to our new friends from St. Monica's. We hope you still come and I hope that if many of you do there will be a prominent statue of St. Monica to acknowledge the great tradition and history of your school. It is tough going through what you are facing and we wish you all the best in whatever decision you make. Just know, that the parents and children of St. Pat's want nothing but the best for you and especially your children. You are always welcome with open arms at St. Pat's.
Metoxic February 19, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Is St. Monica's Parish going to continue its CYO teams? If not, are St. Monica parishoners 'unrestricted free agents' next year? Do the boys from both schools still play football at St. Katharine's? (sorry, been out of the loop for a few years)


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