Friday, March 8, 2013

Six long years later (already!).. Cardinal Brennan closed... and memories fading..

I took this photo today as I drove by my long gone high school..
With another cold winter ending, the rebirth of spring beginning, Cardinal Brennan sits there vacant.. On a hill in Fountain Springs, PA..

My alma mater now has simply become a relic.. A closed down school in the distance. Memories are fading.. Lives moved on. But what secrets, I often ponder, does that cold building still hold?
Do bells still ring, and do poets still sing? Does an echo survive of time gone? And does that elevator still work? Or.. did it ever?
It’s been 6 years since Cardinal Brennan began the process of shutting down.. That’s six graduating classes that never finished there and two that never even started.. Lives have been altered. But what did we benefit? Nothing.. But all adjusted to the new reality..
Last century, when times seemed simpler and I was a high school student, I went to this building.. Now it’s empty and desolate.. It’s simply a aging piece of brick and mortar. Rumor has it that it will soon be a complex of apartments, perhaps.. a residential area.. Not a school. Something else. Something wrong...Something it was never intended on being.
As for now, there is no classroom of children... no Lisa Ling from Channel One news in the morning.. no Frau.. nuns, priests, or mass.. no field day.. no spirit day.. Nothing. But I suspect, in the stillness of the night, the building’s spirits and past somehow lives. At least I’d like to believe that..


Ed said...

Thanks for the update. I missed them

Anonymous said...

what year did you graduate? I was 97, and I remember that shit channel 1 news. Is that seriously where lisa ling started?

Anonymous said...

Wow! thanks for the reminder. I saw this link on the cardinal brennan message board. I had always hoped you'd start one. i don't even know who you are but you're seriosuly dedicated to CB, as much as anyone. I am glad you're still around. Please keep updating.

HorrorReporter said...

Thanks for the kind words, all.

Anonymous said...

I think the building is still being used for things, though, right? Are any priests living there, or anyone at all? who is even taking care of it??? NATE??

K. Loeper said...

Six long years?..How about 53 long years. Back when there was no field house...nor a football team...nor a "real" gym (we played our games in an abandoned gym in Mahanoy City) and used the gym at the school to eat lunch)..nor a year book (They just put an extra page in the newspaper "Chips" with the seniors pictures in it). But the education was real and the class of '60 had some very successful people.

HorrorReporter said...

@ K Loeper: Interesting account of history. I'd love to hear more.. do you still have any cutouts from newspapers then?

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