A New Millennium and a New Era
Another significant although unfortunate milestone came in 2008 when the Diocese of Springfield ordered the church closed, part of a consolidation of Catholic churches in Adams. But the community rallied, and after a vigil of 1150 days the church was saved, and it continues to play an important role in school Masses and traditions such as the Christmas program. In 2012, the school marked its centennial with a series of events, celebrations, and community service. Alumni in all 50 states were contacted and hundreds replied with updates, good wishes, and donations towards new needs such as technology and maintenance of the historic building. Also in 2012, the school moved forward for the first time under a lay principal. In 2019, the passing of Sr. Amandine Zdrok and the Felician Sisters’ reassignment of Sr. Jacqueline Kazanowski brought an end to the physical presence of Felicians at St. Stan’s.
Building on this rich tradition, St. Stanislaus Kostka School today educates children in pre-k through 8th grade, with leadership from an administrative team and a school board composed of lay persons from Adams and the surrounding communities. Much has changed, but the enduring essentials continue to form the heart of the school: providing an excellent education in a safe, caring, and respectful learning environment that is rooted in the Felician-Franciscan emphasis on community, loving service, and the dignity of each person.