ST. Ann’s School bids Aloha after 180 years
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St. Ann Catholic Church has served as the spiritual epicenter for Catholic evangelism in Windward, O’ahu for almost 180 years. The Christian community has long encouraged others to see and experience the numerous wonderful ways to ‘hear the Word of God’, while serving the Kaneohe parish community and the community at large. St. Ann’s School has been a staple in the Windward Oahu community for nearly two centuries.
For many years the school and church thrived alongside one another. However due to declining enrollment over the last several years, an additional financial strain brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the school will close it doors on June 4th. The decision ultimately came down by Pastor Richard McNally who called the decision to close the school ‘one of the hardest things he has ever done as a priest’. Teachers an educators at St. Ann School were long called to form a faith community where students could discover the Catholic attitude and values in the lives of those who teach them. The school was honored to feature teachers who displayed both effectiveness in teaching subject matter and their ability to affect student growth. HINow host Kainoa Carlson knows first hand, the enormous impact St. Ann’s educators can have on a young persons life. Carlson graduated from the school in 2003 and credits St. Ann for building the foundation for both his faith and education. While the school will close in the coming weeks the St. Ann’s church will remain open and the school grounds are in talks to be possibly rented in the near future.
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