The Archdiocese of New York has released their final list of schools facing closure in June 2013. The over two dozen schools were selected by local boards of three pilot regions within the diocese that looked at enrollment and demographics of the school community. Both clergy and lay people are included on these boards.
On the list of “at risk” schools is Blessed Sacrament in the Bronx borough of New York City, whose most notable alumni is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Judge Sotomayor was a student at Blessed Sacrament in the 1960s, attending kindergarten through eighth grade at the Catholic school and graduating at the top of her class in 1968. Sotomayor returned to her roots in 2010 when she visited Blessed Sacrament and inspired the students to dream.
When Sotomayor visited Blessed Sacrament in 2010 she left the students with an inspiring message.
“Don’t let anyone close doors on you,” said Sotomayor. “Whatever you want to do, you can do it.”