In the Feb. 1 story Parents upset that nuns will leave school in June, the archdiocese spokeswoman claims that St. Rose of Lima parents are (too?) sentimental.
As a parent whose children have attended St. Rose since 2001, I can unequivocally say that we may be sentimental, but we’re not fools. We are upset because our pastor pushed the nuns out.
Father Pedro Corces admitted to Salvador Barreiros, the treasurer of the Home and School Association, that he wanted a lay person as principal. Faced with this diktat, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters were forced to leave the school.
Neither Father Pedro nor the archdiocese has explained why a lay person is somehow better qualified than the IHM Sisters to run our school.
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These nuns have been at St. Rose since 1981, and they have dedicated their lives to providing our children with a Catholic education. They have truly made St. Rose a “Great Place to Grow.”
I thank the IHM Sisters from the bottom of my heart for everything they have done for my children. I will be forever grateful. May God bless them.
David J. Gerhardt,