Declines are profound across Northeast

By Mike Latona/Catholic Courier    |    02.28.2011


The Diocese of Rochester is among several Northeastern U.S. dioceses and archdioceses in which declines in Catholic-school enrollment exceed the national average. According to various newspaper reports, other affected dioceses and archdioceses include:

  • The Archdiocese of New York, where officials announced Jan. 11 that 27 schools will close at the end of this academic year. Enrollment in archdiocesan schools has dropped from 94,000 to 79,000 in just two years.
  • The Diocese of Buffalo, where 15 diocesan elementary schools closed in 2007.
  • The Diocese of Albany, where diocesan enrollment in kindergarten through eighth grade dropped from 5,177 to 3,543 between 2005 and 2010, and the number of schools fell from 29 to 21.
  • The Diocese of Scranton, Pa., where more than half of diocesan schools closed between 2001 and 2010 while enrollment dropped by approximately 30 percent.
  • The Archdiocese of Baltimore, where 13 of its 64 archdiocesan schools closed in 2010.
  • The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, where archdiocesan enrollment has fallen by nearly 35 percent since 2001.
  • The Diocese of Pittsburgh, which closed six diocesan schools in 2010.
  • The Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., where 59 of 117 archdiocesan elementary and high schools closed between 2000 and 2010.

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