During the closing Mass of St. Frances Cabrini School May 16, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., reacts to the honest, heartfelt responses of students who told him their favorite things about the school. Photograph by Jessica L. Marsala.

St. Frances Cabrini School marks closing with final Mass

Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/7/18

Savannah--St. Frances Cabrini School in Savannah ended its final school year May 30, 18 years after its first pre-K and kindergarten students walked its halls and nine years after its first class of eighth grade students graduated.


In January, the diocese announced in a press release that due to a "steady decline in enrollment over the past six years, St. Frances Cabrini Parish has been unable to manage the financial impact of the decrease in tuition collection" and so would close the doors of its school at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Students currently enrolled at St. Frances Cabrini, the press release noted, would have the option of attending St. James School.


Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., celebrated a closing Mass May 16 at St. Frances Cabrini Parish. Among its attendees: current students, faculty and staff, as well as many diocesan staff including Michelle Kroll, superintendent of Catholic Schools. 


In his homily, Bishop Hartmayer encouraged the students to tell him about their experiences at the school. A few chimed in about its homey atmosphere and the great teachers and friends they had. 
He acknowledged the sadness in closing a school but also acknoweledged the new beginnings and opportunities every school year presents. 


"I hope that you will always remember these beginning years of your education and how fortunate you were to be here in a school like this where everybody felt like they were at home, like this was their family," Bishop Hartmayer said, also noting the foundation provided by the school on which the students will be able to build. "And those memories will always, be yours."


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