St. Aloysius Hopes To Make Good On Its Gift

St. Aloysius School on North Hanover Street in Pottstown

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Parishoners at Pottstown’s St. Aloysius Roman Catholic parish, who hope to move their church school into the vacant former St. Pius X High School property on North Keim Street in Lower Pottsgrove, this week received more motivation to collect roughly $600,000 needed for renovations and repairs there.

An anonymous donor has stepped up and volunteered to match the next $100,000 in pledges made for the relocation effort, pastor the Rev. Joseph L. Maloney reported in a Monday (Nov. 7, 2016) letter to his congregation.

The relocation fund already has about $400,000 in contributions and promises to contribute, Maloney said earlier. With another $100,000 in pledges and the corresponding match, “we will meet our goal,” he wrote.

The Foundation For Catholic Education in Malvern earlier this year offered to buy the Pius property from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at an estimated cost of $1.2 million, and lease it to Aloysius for its school’s use at a price of only $1 annually. The parish must pay to refurbish the building.

The existing school, now at 220 N. Hanover St. in Pottstown, is cramped: it operates in four buildings, lacks sufficient parking, and already uses Pius’ fields for some sports events. More important to the parish, its advocates say, is its opportunity to grow enrollment with added space a move to the Pius building would provide.

The pastor’s letter asked potential donors to “prayerfully consider” making a pledge, and assured those who had already donated that any additional amounts pledged would qualify for the matching offer.

A “final decision to relocate to the Saint Pius X campus will be made by December 1,” he wrote.


Photo from St. Aloysius School