Monday, July 11, 2005

Hispanic Catholics given partial credit for growth in Tennessee schools

The Tennessean reports that Hispanics in Tennessee are part of the reason that Catholic schools are doing so well here.

"Catholic schools in Middle Tennessee are bucking a national trend: They're growing."

"It's slow and steady growth, but the Diocese of Nashville - which has 22 elementary, middle and high schools within its 38-county reach - has added five schools and about 750 students in the past seven years."

"One reason Catholic schools, which have been in this area since the 1800s, have grown in recent years is the steady growth of new Catholics in the Nashville area and the South in general. Some of it comes from the influx of Hispanic families, many of whom are Catholic, and the migration of Northerners to this region."

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