St. Saviour

School is out, but protests continue for St. Saviour families

In 1 on June 25, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Bishop's Office 6/24After a 130 person strong evening protest in front of St. Saviour’s Church on Jun17th, and another 40 person strong protest on June 24th on a rainy afternoon at the Bishop’s office, parents, alumni, and parishioners of St. Saviour Elementary School in Park Slope will be lining up again to picket their pastor’s controversial decision to fire the school’s popular 26 year veteran principal, Jim Flanagan. The peaceful protest will take place on Tuesday, June 30th in front of St. Saviour’s Church, 611 8th Avenue, Brooklyn 11215, from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.

Protests have been ongoing for over a month and despite picketing, letter writing, and phone calls requesting information, Fr. Murphy, the pastor responsible for the controversial decision, has refused to address parents as a group and has never given parents any reason for his decision.

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The Diocese has already determined that Fr. Murphy failed to follow proper procedures in the firing of Mr. Flanagan. Despite this, and despite his own public praise for Mr. Flanagan’s performance, Fr. Murphy has insisted that “a new model is coming in.” ( stories26.html)

Rather than working to resolve the issue that is dividing his parish, Fr. Murphy recently chose to go on a two week vacation that encompassed the end of the school year. Parents and students ended the year without knowing who their principal would be next year, despite having paid non-refundable deposits for the 2009-2010 school year.

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In the face of Fr. Murphy’s silence and absence, protesters have decided to appeal directly to the Diocese. “Firing an excellent, experienced principal who was close to retirement and has devoted most of his life to the school is just wrong,” said one picketer at the June 17th rally, “but to divide the parish and go on vacation in the middle of a crisis is unbelievable. I hope the Diocese will step in and take action before the damage to our parish and our school is irreparable.”

Parents are hoping Mr. Flanagan will be reinstated so the school’s success can continue.

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  1. I’m sorry to say, it sounds like Fr. Murphy is a coward. If there is justification for firing a long-standing principal, then come forward with the facts. If not, then stop the ridiculous nonsense and stop dividing a thriving parish. It makes sense that a new vision would be better served by changing the pastor.

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