Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Save IHM from closing!

There was an article in the Times today about the most recent rash of Catholic School closings in Brooklyn. And it seems like IHM up on East 3rd and Fort Hamilton may be closing by the end of the school year.

Yes, IHM, the school of the O’Callaghan’s, the Spinners and many other good old Kensington Catholics back in the 60’s and 70’s. Oh right, IHM was also where I used to go for “religious instructions” too, but let’s not bring that one up today. Because today is not a good day for many parents who send their kids to IHM. And besides I’m told that nuns don’t wear those black and white habits anymore.

Who could forget all of those IHM church bazaars we used to go to all the time huh? The rides, the “legal gambling” inside the gym, mister O’Callaghan’s voice echoing throughout the bazaar calling out the numbers on the roulette wheel. How about all those Mets that the school used to get to show up every year to sign autographs?

Well, although I didn’t go there full time, I heard all the stories from my friends. And more importantly what I’m hearing from many parents who send their kids there today is that it’s a wonderful school, and nothing like it was back when we all went there. No, the ear pulling nuns are long gone, replaced by teachers that both parents and students really like and are thrilled with.

So what can you do to save IHM, well try writing a letter to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. Roman Catholic Diocese, 241 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205. (718 230-1789).
Because hopefully the wheel that squeaks gets fixed first.

Ron Lopez

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about IHM. I went to St. Rose and the grammar school has been closed a few years already sadly. The complexion of the neihborhood has been changing and if the enrollment isn't there, the schools cannot sustain themselves.

Andy-Windsor Terrace said...

It's really hard for me to believe that the diocese would use Holy Name school for the merger. I know both school buildings well, and IHM is a newer facility with modern mechanicals and an actual gymnasium. Dollar wise, it is a much more manageable plant.
Maybe the report by the times has it backwards, or maybe the diocese will see the light. If not,something smells fishy.

PaulG said...

I went to I.H.M. I'm sorry to here that it's closing. I graduated in 1972. My father was very active in the parish and he would be sorry to hear that it's closing.