Gift Allows Downtown School to Remain Open

As Bishop Edward J. Slattery worried about how to announce the closure of Tulsa’s Holy Family Cathedral School, 820 S. Boulder Ave., he was able to reverse his decision when several anonymous benefactors promised an infusion of cash over the next three years that will save the historic school.
“It was about to be a sad day for Msgr. (Gregory) Gier, Principal Anna Francois, the teachers, the students and the parents. It was about to be a sad day for all the alumni of Holy Family Cathedral School,” Bishop Slattery said told the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic Newspaper.
Within a matter of hours, bad news turned into good as several benefactors stepped forward and saved the day. Gifts totaling $125,000 were pledged and guaranteed for each of the next three years, without which there would be no possibility of the continuation of the school.
Mother (now Saint) Katharine Drexel established Holy Family Cathedral School for Creek Indian girls at the turn of the 20th century. The building at the cathedral’s present site was built in 1920 and underwent extensive renovation as recently as 1996.

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