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Mt. Assisi Supporters to Hold Vigil at School Monday

Students, staff and alumnae will gather Monday night outside their school—to share thoughts, prayers and comfort.

Supporters of Mt. Assisi Academy in Lemont will gather Monday night for a candlelight vigil outside the school. 

The vigil is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the school, 13860 Main St. Students, staff and alumnae will reflect on the school and its importance in their lives. 

The school announced Jan. 29 that it will shutter in June, citing increased financial strain and declining enrollment. Potential incoming freshmen and their families were informed in a letter dated January 30.

"We have looked very closely at our ability to continue to deliver an excellent Catholic education. The economic realities facing everyone, including the Church, have forced us to consider what is possible given the resources we have at our disposal," the school wrote in a statement on the website.

Though the situation is stated as dire, supporters remain true to their school—and won't let it go down without a fight. Students, alumnae and other schools are attempting to drum up financial support for the school. An additional website and PayPal—Save Mt. Assisi sprung up. The site is now redirecting visitors to theschool's website for direct donations. So far, the efforts combined have raised $1,357.46.

It's been said the school will need between $4–5 million to stay open. But the money is only half the battle—enrollment needs to increase substantially. 

FOR THE VIGIL, STUDENTS RECOMMEND:
1. Dress warm. (It's outside.) 
2. Bring a candle (plain or decorated)
3. Bring a sign saying "SAVE MAA," if you'd like.
4. Bring a donation (if desired).

READ: Mt. Assisi Students, Parents, Alum Plead: "Save Our School"

Renate Meyer February 03, 2014 at 08:09 AM
How does a Christian educational facility, knowing it is going to announce a closing, make a new 2nd semester incoming student purchase an $1800 computer and spend $500 on uniforms. It's no wonder they have such a low enrollment...they are definitely, in my book, not practicing what they preach. Their closing announcement spoke to the financial hardships of the school and today's economy. What do you think they just did to a young family in these times. I think, I hope the new Pope would be ashamed of their actions. Maybe we should send him pictures of the scope of their grounds and size of their convent. He might do the right thing and shut them down.

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