Four Norbertine sisters join St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa

Blessed with many vocations

The following is from a Feb. 14 story by OC Catholic.  Last month, four Norbertine sisters joined the faculty at St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa. The founding nuns of the Congregation of the Norbertine Sisters are from Slovakia. Since arriving in 2011, they have been blessed with many vocations. One of these vocations is the education and faith formation of Catholic … [Read more...]

Plans for new Catholic high school in San Jose diocese hit major roadblock

In 5-2 vote, government agency responsible for municipal boundaries won't approve annexation of land to Morgan Hill, dooming proposed school in Santa Clara County

A Catholic high school has been talked about in the Morgan Hill for nearly a decade, but the Diocese of San Jose has run into a series of setbacks getting its 40 acres of land—their preferred site of the future school—annexed into the city. The latest of these hurdles is the denial of an annexation proposal Dec. 5 by the county commission charged with authorizing city … [Read more...]

LA archdiocese to press charges against sisters accused of embezzlement

While the archdiocese initially announced that it would not press charges in the case, an archdiocesan spokesman said Monday afternoon that the archdiocese will become a “complaining party” in the case

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will file a criminal complaint against religious sisters who have been accused of embezzling from a Catholic school at which they had worked for more than a decade. Sr. Mary Margaret Kreuper, CSJ and Sr. Lana Chang, CSJ, who both retired this year from St. James Catholic School in Torrance, are alleged to have misappropriated nearly $500,000 from … [Read more...]

Religious sisters found to have stolen money from Redondo Beach Catholic school

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet misappropriated funds for their personal use over a period of years while working at St. James School; order promises to reimburse the school

An internal investigation by a Redondo Beach Catholic parish has found that two longtime nuns who worked at the St. James School misappropriated a “substantial” amount of school funds for their personal use over a period of years, according to a letter sent to school families Wednesday. Msgr. Michael Meyers, the pastor at St. James Catholic Church, said in the letter that the … [Read more...]

Jury awards teacher fired by Catholic school $3.57 million in damages

Science teacher at Transfiguration School in Los Angeles alleged she was fired for being pregnant and unwed, school argued she was terminated for other reasons

A former Leimert Park Catholic school teacher who sued the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, alleging she was fired for being pregnant and unwed, was awarded $3.57 million by a jury today. The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated for less than a day before finding in favor of Kourtney Liggins, who was a science teacher at Transfiguration School, in her lawsuit that alleged … [Read more...]

Too complex and costly to pursue

Samuel Merritt University backs away from plans to share campus with Holy Names University

After a year of exploring the merits of a possible move to the campus of Holy Names University, the board of regents of Samuel Merritt University has decided to back away from the so-called shared campus project. Sharon C. Diaz, president and chief executive officer at SMU, said in a press release published Aug. 9 that while the shared campus project would have been “a new … [Read more...]

New Catholic school opens on site of old St. Elizabeth campus in Oakland

Cristo Rey De La Salle opened Aug. 15 in the Fruitvale neighborhood, will exclusively serve low-income students

Where St. Elizabeth High School once stood for almost a century in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, a renovated school has arisen with a new spirit, a new mission and even a new name: Cristo Rey De La Salle. It’s a school where students are expected to earn their subsidized tuition by working one day a week at a local company that foots a good chunk of the bill. And it’s … [Read more...]

Los Angeles archdiocese opening new STEM academy

Department of Catholic Schools says St. John Paul II STEM Academy at Bellarmine-Jefferson is slated to open for the 2019-2020 academic year at the site of the former Bellarmine-Jefferson High School Burbank

As the sun sets on Bellarmine-Jefferson High School after a 74-year run in Burbank, a new institution is rising to take its place, connecting with alumni and forging its own future. Kevin Baxter, superintendent of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, laid out a framework on Tuesday for the new school — called St. John Paul II STEM Academy at Bellarmine-Jefferson — … [Read more...]

“The big decline is in the Catholic schools”

Report: Demographic shift of middle-class Catholics out of urban centers and sharp decrease in numbers of priests, nuns and religious orders main culprits in large drop in enrollmenT

The complexion of America’s private school sector has undergone massive changes over the past half-century, driven mostly by a decline in Catholic school enrollment, according to a major new report published in the journal Education Next. The authors find that middle-class families in particular have been leaning away from private schools for several decades. Written by … [Read more...]

Will bill outlawing ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ also ban teaching the faith to kids?

Under California measure's broad and ill-defined terms, “any practice” could include Catholic catechism classes

Numerous commentators have raised concerns about a proposed bill currently in the California Senate, Assembly Bill 2943. The bill would amend the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act to prohibit “sexual orientation change efforts.” Most discussion of the bill has focused on its potential ban on Bible sales. It seems much more likely that the bill will make religious … [Read more...]