Statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Regarding Fire at Our Lady of Angels School in Morton, Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 19th

The fire which severely damaged Our Lady of Angels School in Morton (OLA) last night is a moment of deep sadness for parish and school families as well as the Catholic community at large in the region.

At this time, senior administrators from the Office of Catholic Education are meeting with school and parish leadership. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will provide every mode of support possible.

The pastor and principal are committed to opening school on time in September at a unified location to keep the entire school community together. Multiple options are available and being considered at this time in order to meet that goal. Developments will be communicated to school families as rapidly as possible.

We are grateful to the fire fighters and first responders who worked tirelessly to extinguish the blaze, many of whom are alumni of OLA. It is a blessing that no one was injured as a result of the fire.

Kenneth A. Gavin
Chief Communications Officer
Archdiocese of Philadelphia