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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



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.


1willinnyny(66 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Sounds like "White Flight" to the suburbs.
Didn't know that was a Catholic principle.

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2pulaskifarm(16 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks 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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3rushblvd(15 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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

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4Knightcap(613 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe they should move to Clarksville. They can recruit some good football players from that Clinton Massie school district. I hear the refs lean toward that school too which could add more state championships.

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5rickking123(247 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks 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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6polhack(112 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks 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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7GoPens(397 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks 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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8ytown_kills_me(64 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks 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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9bornhere(28 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Love it. "Nothing says Catholic like cash" - except maybe coverup, cowardice? Such a shame since it's such a fundamentally inspiring religion. A downtown move, given today's trends, sounds really smart.

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10jeratboy(116 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

People send their kids to Catholic school to keep them away from the low lifes. That is why the parents don't want it in Youngstown. Just because some of you people are stuck there doesn't mean everyone is.

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11pulaskifarm(16 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks 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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12Millerh113(87 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks 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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13jmagaratz(155 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks 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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14EWandF(22 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

jeratboy...first of all...not a Mooney fan, but, HOW DARE YOU INDICATE THAT PARENTS SEND THEIR KIDS TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DUE TO LOW LIFES IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. You are a low life...elitist idiot. And as a parent who sent our children to a Catholic school, we never denigrated their public counterparts. You are the epitome of the elitist racism that permeates this move!! You make me ashamed to think that you may be a Catholic. Shame on your non Christian heart. What would Jesus do> Scorn you!!' That being said...this move also smells of the ability to recruit those big country boys to shore up those offensive and defensive lines!! Good...now go to Division I. And try to compete there. Heard in the mid 90's from a coach that Mooney purposely controls it's male population to keep them in a lower division where they can compete and dominate!! In this case, being a Catholic, I am so disappointed that the Bishop, being Jesuit in nature, is not adhering to the Jesuit beliefs. He has caved to the money machines that are pulling the strings.!!

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15Tigerlily(472 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks 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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16dd933(217 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks 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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17southsidedave(4710 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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

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18nape(9 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago






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