Friday, January 30, 2015

The decline of Detroit: From 100 Catholic grade schools to just 4

There are so many ways to measure the collapse of Detroit, including this one, the plummet in the number of Catholic schools in the one-time Motor City.

From the Detroit Free Press:
As national Catholic Schools Week concludes Saturday, the four remaining elementary schools enroll 609 students combined, a fraction from peak years when there were roughly 100 Catholic grade schools in the city. The IHM [Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary] sisters were the primary teachers at the four schools from their founding years through their heydays, but there are no IHM sisters on staff at the schools now (although two retired IHM sisters volunteer at Holy Redeemer).

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