As a Catholic school teacher at a private, independent all-girls school in the Philadelphia area, I have hard a constant stream of commentary, angst and fear over the coming pronouncement tomorrow that upwards of 40 (or more) diocesan schools will close or consolidate at the end of this academic year. This will represent the single largest consolidation/closure of its kind in the Church's history in the US, and it will be announced the day after Cardinal John Newman's feast day. Newman is the founding of the Catholic school system here in Philadelphia, a model that spread throughout the nation. It focused on parish-based schools, which in turn fostered a strong sense of identity based on neighborhood. I remember when I first moved to Philadelphia and came to know people who grew up in the area. When you asked where someone was from, the answer was almost always _____ parish. Not their town, not their street, not their geographic location in the sense that I understood 'home'. Your parish is your home. That has changed significantly over the years in Philadelphia as some parishes and schools have already consolidated, but tomorrow will create a whole new era of Catholic identity, parish life and education in Philadelphia, and in the United States. One of my co-workers and dear friends who is born and raised in Philadelphia, put it so poignantly: "