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Susie Gibbons is the new interim head of Cincinnati Archdiocese schools. She takes over Oct. 1 for Jim Rigg who is leaving to take the top school job in the Chicago's Archdiocese. Gibbons currently serves as a Regional Director of Catholic Schools and has taught at Seton and Alter high schools.

St. James of the Valley School /

Students at St. James of the Valley School in Wyoming will be looking for a new school next year.

The parish says declining enrollment over the past few years led to a substantial deficit it is unable to overcome.

The school went from 183 students in 2010 to 146 this year. There are four other Catholic grade schools within about three miles of St. James.

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Three local priests defrocked

Oct 28, 2014

The Vatican has removed three priests in the Cincinnati Archdiocese over allegations of improper conduct involving minors. 

Before Tuesday’s announcement, Thomas Kuhn had been on administrative leave since 2002. He was convicted of public indecency and providing alcohol to minors while serving as pastor of St. Henry’s Parish in Dayton. Kuhn served as the principal of Elder High School in the 80's. 

Thomas Feldhaus was suspended in 2003 after he was accused twice of touching a child. At the time, he was serving as an associate pastor in Mount Airy. 

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All is quiet Friday in the sanctuary at Resurrection Catholic Church in Price Hill. But come Sunday morning at 11, staff at the parish school hope the pews will be filled to the max.

They're calling it a "Flash Mass."

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Boxes and boxes of history, owned by the Cincinnati Archdiocese  and not seen in decades, will be available for viewing  in a renovated light, humidity and temperature-controlled building in January.

The records and artifacts, dating back to the founding of what was then the Diocese of Cincinnati in 1821, will be open to the public at 25 East 8th Street upon completion of a 164-year old building, once owned by the Literary Club of Cincinnati.

There won’t be any changes to the Cincinnati Archdiocese teacher contract that has come under fire in recent weeks from groups who say it is anti-gay.

The contract now includes a clause prohibiting employees from publicly supporting causes that run counter to Catholic teachings.

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St. Joseph Catholic School in the West End has something to cheer about. The school is receiving a half million dollar grant to implement a new blended-learning education model.

The plan uses technology to personalize each students learning, allowing them to move at their own pace in smaller groups.

Principal Dionne Partee says it will also free-up teachers to help students individually.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a new version of its Decree on Child Protection that applies to all its parishes, schools, agencies and institutions.  Originally called the Decree on Child Abuse, it started in 1993 and it's revised every five years, the last time being in 2008.  Tom Coz is the Safe Environment Coordinator for Children and Youth.  His main job is to enforce and interpret the decree: