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Holy Angels to Close June 30th

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A Catholic all-girls institution for more than 150 years will be closing its doors in two months.

Holy Angels Academy sent letters to parents today announcing the decision. School President Joan Thomas says the decision came after months of discussion and deliberation. The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and the board of trustees say the closing is based on declining enrollment, decrease in student pool, and decrease in Buffalo's population.  Thomas wrote in a statement:

I have the sad duty of announcing that Holy Angels Academy and Holy Angels Prep will close at the end of this academic year. The Board of Trustees and the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart made this decision after months of discussion, data analysis, and deliberation among themselves and with school leaders. The decision is difficult to accept, but it is final.

This is a very painful time for anyone associated with Holy Angels. The decision impacts our families, students, faculty and staff, alumnae, benefactors, and our surrounding community. The girls of Holy Angels Academy have enriched our lives with their remarkable spirits, intelligence, and talents, and teaching them has been our very great privilege. We know that they will have wonderful futures, and it saddens us deeply that Holy Angels Academy will not be a part of their lives in the years ahead.

Right now, our priorities are our students and their parents, and our faculty and staff. We are working closely with area schools to help our girls select and transfer to the school which is best for each of them. Additionally, we are hopeful that area Catholic and independent schools will give our faculty and staff serious consideration when openings arise. 

About 240 students currently attend the school. This is the letter sent to parents today:

Sister Marlene Butler of the Grey Nuns issued this statement:

For 152 years, we have educated young women to serve and to lead, in the tradition of St. Marguerite d’Youville, foundress of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. We have guided them for generations, challenging them intellectually, helping them to grow in faith, and nurturing a sense of social justice and compassion.

We have watched with great joy and humility, as our alumnae have gone on to serve their communities and their families, excelling in their chosen professions. And we have been gratified as year after year, decade after decade, our graduates have returned to school, to reminisce about the rich experiences they shared at Holy Angels Academy, to renew old friendships, and to share a favorite story with us. While the closing of the school deeply saddens us, we know that, going forward, the spirit of St. Marguerite d’Youville is safe in their hands and that they will share it with family, friends and generations of young women to come.

The school says BIshop Malone is committed to helping students find new schools for next year.

Bishop Malone has also issued the following statement:

Since 1861, the Grey Nuns have been dedicated to educating generations of young women in Buffalo to meet their potential:  spiritually, intellectually and physically.  We are all saddened to hear of the decision of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and the Board of Trustees of Holy Angels Academy and Holy Angels Prep to close the school at the end of this school year. I encourage the families of Holy Angels’ students to consider furthering their Catholic education at any of our surrounding Catholic elementary schools and Catholic high schools.  I ask our school communities to work diligently to make it a smooth transition for these young women as they move to a new educational setting. Moving forward, I know that alumnae from Holy Angels Academy, through their service and the exemplary lives that they lead, will continue the legacy of the Grey Nuns, in the spirit of St. Marguerite d’Youville, giving of themselves to help others.

The school has scheduled meetings for parents of the following students this week:

Wednesday May 1st: 4:30 for current juniors/rising seniors, 6pm for prep school.
Thursday May 2nd: 5:30 for incoming freshmen, 6pm for freshment/rising sophomores
Friday May 3rd 4pm for current sophomores/rising juniors.

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