HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Parents were informed today that Immaculata Academy will close at the end of the school year.
“Due to the changing realities within the congregation, a school ministry is no longer a viable way for the congregation to further its mission and charism. All of our resources – time, energy, personnel, and fiscal have become substantially more limited,” a portion of the letter reads.
A press release issued by the school states that 60 years ago, there were more than 500 Sisters in the FSSJ congregation. Today, only 60 remain with a median age of 80. Enrollment is currently at only 180 students and only one Sister remains on staff.
Statement from Bishop Richard Malone
For the past nine decades, the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph have been dedicated to educating generations of young women at Immaculata Academy, helping them reach their spiritual, intellectual and physical potential. We are saddened over the Sisters’ decision to end their sponsorship of Immaculata Academy and the decision of the Board of Trustees to close the school.
I encourage Immaculata families to continue their daughters’ Catholic education at another Catholic high school. I am also asking our school communities to work closely with these young women to make it a smooth transition as they move to a new education setting.
I know that Immaculata alumnae as well as current students, through their service and their exemplary lives, will continue the legacy of the Sisters, to witness the Gospel in joy and peace, committed to prayer, service and care for creation.