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Bishop George V. Murry urges support of Mooney move



Published: Sat, December 7, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown released a video urging people to support a capital campaign to build a new Cardinal Mooney High School in southern Mahoning County.

“Since its founding over 50 years ago, Cardinal Mooney High School has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for passing on the Catholic faith,” the bishop said in the video. “It also has been outstanding in its academic preparation of students for college and inspiring them to use their many gifts for the service of others.”

Nicholas Wolsonovich, diocese schools superintendent, said the public campaign still hasn’t kicked off. He called the bishop’s video part of what’s dubbed the campaign’s “quiet phase,” when supporters are approaching past donors and alumni, seeking donations for the project.

The projected cost of a new building is $29.5 million and an additional $5 million endowment must be set aside for scholarships for needy students. Of the endowment, $1.4 million of the school’s existing endowment may be used, Wolsonovich said.

Supporters already have raised “significant” dollars toward the project, he said, declining to divulge the amount. The goal is to raise $23 million during the quiet phase.

For more than a year, some school supporters have been advocating a move to the county’s southern suburbs. An enrollment feasibility study, conducted by Meitler Consultants of Milwaukee, found that the school would gain 100 to 150 students if it moved to the suburbs.

By building a new school in a new location, Mooney has an opportunity to renew its commitment to those values of academic preparation and passing on the Catholic faith, Bishop Murry said in the video.

“As many of you know, initially I was not in favor of this idea,” Bishop Murry says in the video. “My concern was that a new Cardinal Mooney High School would not be able to maintain the diversity which has contributed to the school’s success. The board of directors, however, has convinced me that it is possible, with careful planning, to move the school into the south suburbs while at the same time providing the means for students in Youngstown to attend.”

He said he supports the capital campaign because he believes all of those who attend the new Mooney will benefit.

“I want this new school to be built because it can become a beacon of hope for generations to come,” the bishop said.

At a school board of directors meeting Dec. 18, based on the status of the campaign at that point, a decision is expected to launch the public campaign or extend the quiet phase.


Comments

1pulaskifarm(26 comments)posted 1 year ago

Mooney/Ursiline should be downtown.
Relocations to suburbia has slowed in most major cities.
Corporate USA is acquiescing young professionals desire to live in downtown environs...
Monney-Ursiline should also.

"Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired."
Robert Kennedy

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2rushblvd(15 comments)posted 1 year ago

Bishop Murry needs to listen to his real boss -Pope Francis and not the money bosses.

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3rickking123(312 comments)posted 1 year ago

Not quite sure what the great allure to downtown is all about. Spending money in the hope of bringing back a bygone era is a waste. Why didn't Youngstown build its new high school in downtown then - instead of on the east side? Let Mooney move to where it can be viable for as long as possible.

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4polhack(129 comments)posted 1 year ago

Nothing says Catholic like cash. The exorbitant yearly tuition at a private school helps guarantee your kid won't be shot or stabbed in the hallway. The kids most at risk of early, violent death can't afford such luxury. Apparently, a church recently outed by its leader for its pursuit of profit, can't afford to help them.

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5GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year ago

What? No mention of how a move south can help football recruiting by making it easier to take more kids from Canfield, South Range, West Branch, Columbiana and Salem?

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6ytown_kills_me(64 comments)posted 1 year ago

Why dont they just buy Volney from the city schools and keep Mooney in Youngstown?....or heck move the Chaney kids to the Volney Building and sell that building to Mooney...shame that Volney was built and is now closed ....great spending of money on that one ...or move the Wilson kids to Volney and sell that building to them ... so many ways to keep em in Youngstown ...but guess they want out

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7pulaskifarm(26 comments)posted 1 year ago

Dear rickking123,

Passe aspirations 'to bring back a bygone era'?

Not in my vocabulary.

The allure of downtown:

Our friends,
once gritty yet grand,
Stand...pummeled and bloodied.

YSU is answering their plead.

Ursuline /Mooney rejoinder would be a beacon for the future as "Sweet Jenny" of lore.

PS: I apologize for my poor spelling early post.

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8JudyJones(148 comments)posted 1 year ago

quoted: “I want this new school to be built because it can become a beacon of hope for generations to come,” the bishop said"---

---Bishop Murry has something much more urgent that he should be doing instead of working to move Mooney High School. He needs to release the name of the accused child predator who was recently a teacher at Mooney, and a deacon of the diocese.
Murry is callously putting hundreds of kids at risk of being sexually abused by not making this accused perps name public. Murry is not even following the Catholic Conference of Bishops' own "child protection policy".
And there are more than just one accused child predator still working in this diocese.

It is time for Murry to start doing the right thing for victims and to protect kids today.
Let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by anyone in this diocese, will have the courage to come forward and report it to law enforcement, not the church officials, no matter how long ago it happened. The church officials are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes and decide if accused predators are credible or not, that is the job for the police and the prosecutors.
Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com
SNAP "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests"

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9Millerh113(135 comments)posted 1 year ago

A move to Chaney would be ideal if the city schools would be willing to sell and move their students to Volney. Chaney is mostly new and sports a beautiful auditorium, gym a great football field and is located in a nice neighborhood close to Mill Creek Park. Murry is making a big mistake caving in to the big money. But in a few years he'll be gone to a bigger diocese and his successor can deal with the consequences of his ill-advised decision.

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10JudyJones(148 comments)posted 1 year ago

quoted: “I want this new school to be built because it can become a beacon of hope for generations to come,” the bishop said"---

---Bishop Murry has something much more urgent that he should be doing instead of working to move Mooney High School. He needs to release the name of the accused child predator who was recently a teacher at Mooney, and a deacon of the diocese.
Murry is callously putting hundreds of kids at risk of being sexually abused by not making this accused perps name public. Murry is not even following the Catholic Conference of Bishops' own "child protection policy".
And there are more than just one accused child predator still working in this diocese.

It is time for Murry to start doing the right thing for victims and to protect kids today.
Let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by anyone in this diocese, will have the courage to come forward and report it to law enforcement, not the church officials, no matter how long ago it happened. The church officials are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes and decide if accused predators are credible or not, that is the job for the police and the prosecutors.
Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director

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11JudyJones(148 comments)posted 1 year ago

quoted: “I want this new school to be built because it can become a beacon of hope for generations to come,” the bishop said"---

---Bishop Murry has something much more urgent that he should be doing instead of working to move Mooney High School. He needs to release the name of the accused child predator who was recently a teacher at Mooney, and a deacon of the diocese.
Murry is callously putting hundreds of kids at risk of being sexually abused by not making this accused perps name public. Murry is not even following the Catholic Conference of Bishops' own "child protection policy".
And there are more than just one accused child predator still working in this diocese.

It is time for Murry to start doing the right thing for victims and to protect kids today.
Let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by anyone in this diocese, will have the courage to come forward and report it to law enforcement, not the church officials, no matter how long ago it happened. The church officials are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes and decide if accused predators are credible or not, that is the job for the police and the prosecutors.
Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511,
SNAP "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests"

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12jmagaratz(167 comments)posted 1 year ago

How about this cost factor.

Estimated cost of new facility--$30 million

Stipulation of endowment--$3.6 million

Total: $33.6 million.

Anticipated gain in enrollment: 150

Cost per new student in new facility plus scholarship funding is: $224,000 per.

Looks like the DOY has some low level wattage in their brain trust.

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13Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 1 year ago

Bishop Murray doesn't sound like he's following the path of the new Pope at all. You would think he would see this as a participation in white flight and classist behavior. Clearly he's motivated more by $$$. Not what Jesus would do.

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14dd933(249 comments)posted 1 year ago

I would question the gain in enrollment - if 100 to 150 students will be gained by making this move - how many of the 200 or so voucher students will switch to Ursuline. (Resulting in a predominantly white Catholic high school and a predominantly non-white Catholic high school.) And some will choose Youngstown Christian rather than have to deal with transportation out to Western Reserve.

Enrollment gain is not the reason for the move. The reason for moving is to get out of the poorest (and arguably the most dangerous) neighborhood in the region. A neighborhood that needs the positive example Mooney provides.

I would donate generously to remediate the asbestos on Erie Street - not a penny for a new school. They will be asking though.

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15southsidedave(4840 comments)posted 1 year ago

As usual, some in this post have made this into a racial issue...fascinating to place blame on others.

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16nape(9 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I APPLAUD BISHOP MURRY FOR TRYING TO REMEMBER THE MISSION OF SERVICE TO COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY THE COMMUNITY CLOSET GEOGRAPHICALLY TO THE VERY CITY WERE IT BEGAIN .

BRAVO BISHOP MURRY SHAME ON THOSE WHO WOULD ONLY THINK OF THEMSELVES INSTEAD OF THE MISSION .

I CHALLENGE THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW THE MISSION TO READ IT PERHAPS ONCE AGAIN .

A PROUD YOUNGSTOWN OHIO RESIDENT .

JOSEPH NAPIER SR

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