2005-03-25 / Front Page

Diocese Accepts St. Virgilius Business Plan

The Brooklyn Diocese has approved a three to five-year business plan to keep St. Virgilius School open, according to a statement released Wednesday by Vicar for Education Msgr. Michael J. Hardiman.

Members of the school’s Business Plan Committee will form an “executive lay advisory board” to help pastors and principals carry out the plan and manage the school, said Hardiman, who said it will be “a huge challenge.”

Determined members of the Business Plan Committee welcomed the news.

“They’ve been convinced that we can do it,” committee member Pete Mahon told The Wave Wednesday, just minutes after receiving the news from Parish Administrator, Father John Wtulich.

Mahon credited the committee’s “conservative approach” to creating the 70-page plan, which he said addresses enrollment and is based on realistic funding expectations. He thanked Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Hardiman, the school’s faculty, the parish, Broad Channel residents and elected officials.

“Everyone was really behind us on this one,” Mahon said.

The special news brought joy in the middle of Holy Week as Catholics prepare to celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Christ.

“I’m just happy that the plan was accepted,” said Wtulich. “It’s a happy thing for the kids and the parish.”

Wtulich, Mahon and other members of the Business Plan Committee will meet with diocesan officials to hammer out details after Easter.

Meanwhile, Mahon said the Business Plan Committee, which was formed in February when the diocese made the announcement that St. Virgilius and others would close in June, would meet immediately to continue working.

“Now that we have the ‘yes’ we are going to set in place where we go from here,” Mahon said. “The work is just starting. This is not going to be easy to pull off.”

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