Of Lebanon’s 330 Catholic schools in Lebanon, educating nearly 200,000 students, 80% of the schools are under the risk of closing, said Melkite Father Youssef Nasr, secretary-general of Catholic schools in Lebanon.
Vaccinations are not required for students and adults in diocesan Catholic schools “but are strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive them,” according to the 2021-2022 Catholic school opening guidance from the Diocese of St. Cloud sent Aug. 18 to Catholic school principals and pastors.
“We have so many reasons to be optimistic that students will learn and grow together in person, much as they did prior to the start of the pandemic,” he said in the Aug. 5 letter. “This will only be possible with continued diligence, trust and prayer.”
The school “has been facing considerable challenges for some time due to changing demographics, diminishing enrollments and other barriers to long-term operational vitality,” according to a May 1 news release from the diocese.
Breakfast with the Bishop, an annual event that helps to raise funds and awareness for the Catholic Schools Scholarship Fund Endowment, will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 1.