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St. Louis legacy celebration a bittersweet reminiscence of the school’s rich history

Teachers, students, alumni and friends of St. Louis Catholic School in Englewood gathered on May 1 for a special legacy celebration retracing the school’s rich history. Due to decreasing enrollment and increasing financial constraints, Archbishop Aquila and the Office of Catholic Schools announced the decision to close St. Louis school late last year. The legacy celebration served as a bittersweet reminder of the role St. Louis has played in the local Catholic community, and was filled with great memories for people who have been involved with the school in some way since they opened their doors in 1929. Nicole Dawn Photography was there to capture the celebration.

 

Englewood, CO MAY 1, 2016: St. Louis Catholic School held a closing reception on Sunday, May 1st. (Photo by Nicole Dawn Photography/ Denver Catholic)
St. Louis Catholic School in Englewood held a legacy celebration on Sunday, May 1. (Photo by Nicole Dawn Photography/ Denver Catholic)

Englewood, CO MAY 1, 2016: Michael Carroll, St. Louis basketball coach 1959-1964, looks at a photo of his basketball team in 1961. Michael attended the St. Louis Catholic School closing reception on Sunday, May 1. (Photo by Nicole Dawn Photography/ Denver Catholic)
Michael Carroll, St. Louis basketball coach from 1959-1964, looks at a photo of his basketball team in 1961. (Photo by Nicole Dawn Photography/ Denver Catholic)

 

Englewood, CO MAY 1, 2016: Michael Carroll, St. Louis basketball coach 1959-1964, looks at a photo of his basketball team in 1961. Michael attended the St. Louis Catholic School closing reception on Sunday, May 1. (Photo by Nicole Dawn Photography/ Denver Catholic)
Carroll laughed as he reflected upon his favorite memories of the school. “There are too many great memories to choose from, but I do remember Monsignor [Bernard] Cullen, always coming down stairs telling us to be quiet, because our changing room was underneath the parish, and they could hear us during Mass or confession,” he said.  (Photo by Nicole Dawn Photography/ Denver Catholic)
 

 

 

Englewood, CO MAY 1, 2016: St. Louis Catholic School held a closing reception on Sunday, May 1st. (Photo by Nicole Dawn Photography/ Denver Catholic)
The legacy celebration drew people of all ages, from current students of St. Louis to alumni who had graduated many years earlier. (Photo by Nicole Dawn Photography/ Denver Catholic)

 

Englewood, CO MAY 1, 2016: St. Louis Catholic School held a closing reception on Sunday, May 1st. (Photo by Nicole Dawn Photography/ Denver Catholic)
It was bittersweet celebration that reflected upon the rich history of St. Louis as the school prepares to close its doors at the end of the school year. (Photo by Nicole Dawn Photography/ Denver Catholic)

Aaron Lambert
Aaron is the Managing Editor for the Denver Catholic.
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