Vatican congregation upholds closure of schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The fight to save three Catholic schools from closure appears to be over.

The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education has upheld Bishop Richard Malone’s decision to close St. Bernadette in Orchard Park, St. Francis of Assisi in Tonawanda, and St. Mary of the Lake in Hamburg.

RELATED | More on the decision to close the schools and the full list of schools being closed

Bishop Malone is encouraging parents with students in those schools to enroll their children in a nearby Catholic school.

A total of 10 elementary schools will close at the end of the academic year because of declining enrollment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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