Andrean High School Feasibility Study Update



I hope this message finds you well and greetings from Andrean.

Since August 2016, many conversations have taken place regarding the possibility of relocating Andrean and building a new school, or staying at our current site and renovating and re-energizing the current campus.  The biggest initiative in this discussion was Bishop Hying’s decision to hire two consultant groups – GP Catholic and Meitler – back in April 2017 to gather data on the feasibility of a Diocesan Capital Campaign, of the possibility of building a new Andrean or renovating the current location, demographics of the area for future growth, promoting Catholic education and ministry in the 21st century, etc.

The consulting groups presented a report to Bishop Hying, Diocesan Officials, and the leadership of the three Catholic high schools on January 3, 2018.  At that time, we learned that the recommendation from the study was to stay at the current campus.   After the January 3rd meeting, the Bishop held additional meetings with his Diocesan Consultors and Priests Council to make a final decision.  In his Statement on Feasibility Study dated January 31, 2018, he stated as part of the decision:

“As for the Andrean Initiative, based on the feedback received from the (feasibility) study, the Diocesan Consultors and Priests’ Council, we think Andrean High School should remain at its current location at this time to support its rich tradition of excellence in Catholic education.  This decision gives the Andrean Administration time to pursue a more in-depth study of their programmatic needs, existing facilities and other options in order to grow a promising future for the 21st century in its Catholic identity, curriculum, faculty, staff and facilities.”

Please see the letter below (which is the full Statement on Feasibility Study by Bishop Hying), which he released to the press on Monday afternoon to articulate the Diocese’s decision on a Diocesan Capital Campaign and the Andrean Initiative.  The Statement gives us a positive direction (not in the sense if we wanted to immediately proceed with a decision for a new school), but the Bishop has empowered us to take control of our future and take the lead to act on our hopes and needs for the 21st century of Catholic education and formation at Andrean!

Next week, I will follow-up with a letter to the entire Andrean Community which will outline our plan to promote Andrean’s success for the next one-three years, and the next 59 years.  May God bless Andrean and our mission to educate and form young people in Catholic education for Northwest Indiana and beyond!!  Please know of our prayers for all of you, and keep us in your prayers.

Thank you so much for supporting Andrean!!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 219-887-5281, ext. 244, or at my email: tbonta@andreanhs.com.  Go Niners!

Respectfully,

Dr. Tony Bonta


 

STATEMENT ON FEASIBILITY STUDY

January 31, 2018

Feast of St. John Bosco

As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2018, I bring to your attention some recent developments regarding the Catholic education and formation of our young people here in our Diocese.  These efforts are inspired by the theme of this week-long celebration: “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Succeed. Lead.”

During the 2017 Diocesan Synod, the first priority that surfaced was a concern for the youth—their welfare, spirituality and engagement in the life of the Church.  As a way to address this Synod priority, the Diocese of Gary engaged two consulting firms, GP Catholic and Meitler, to conduct a 10-month feasibility study, which began in April 2017.  The purpose of this study was to assess the potential viability and support for a Diocesan Capital Campaign with two goals in mind: 1) to pursue general funding for the needs of our Catholic youth and children, including our three Catholic high schools, 17 Catholic grade schools, parish-based Religious Education programs and Youth Ministry throughout the Diocese; 2) to gather data and information on the possible construction of a new campus for Andrean High School or a major renovation of the current campus.

This January 2018, the results of this study were shared with the Diocesan Consultors, the Priests’ Council, all of the Diocesan priests, leadership teams from Andrean, Bishop Noll and Marquette High Schools and Diocesan personnel.  The study recommended that a general campaign to fund the formational needs of our youth was viable and would be broadly supported and Andrean should explore how best to address its programmatic and capital needs at its current location.

On January 18, 2018, in a meeting with all of our priests, I laid out the results of the study and invited our clergy to offer innovative and creative ideas, projects and methods which a potential Diocesan capital campaign would finance, as we seek to more effectively and fruitfully engage, form and serve our youth and children in the mission of Jesus Christ and the Church.  All agreed that we need to be bold and new in our approach to serve our youth and children effectively and offered many helpful ideas and thoughts.

While we are not yet ready to decide on whether or not to do such a Diocesan campaign, the priests agreed to move forward in the continued formation and expression of a case statement for a potential campaign with input from our clergy and lay leadership.  The pastoral initiatives formulated at the Diocesan Synod will certainly inform this creative process.  When such a case statement would be finished, the priests would be asked to evaluate it and help decide on whether we would proceed with such a campaign or not.

As for the Andrean Initiative, based on the feedback received from the study, the Diocesan Consultors and Priests’ Council, we think Andrean High School should remain at its current location at this time to support its rich tradition of excellence in Catholic education.  This decision gives the Andrean Administration time to pursue a more in-depth study of their programmatic needs, existing facilities and other options in order to grow a promising future for the 21st century in its Catholic identity, curriculum, faculty, staff and facilities.

Along with all of you, I share a deep commitment to the formation and growth of our children and young people to know, love and serve Jesus Christ in the spiritual family of the Church.  All of our efforts to strengthen our families, parishes, schools, and programs have this compelling objective in mind.  Please pray for our continuing discernment in these important decisions and above all, pray for and support our wonderful Catholic young people in their journey towards a life of missionary discipleship in the Lord.

Most Reverend Donald J. Hying

Bishop of Gary