Carl Nolte writes about the changes in the Mission by visiting St. Peter’s Catholic School in the Mission that he attended years ago.
I could tell what she was thinking: How could a St. Peter’s kid turn into a somebody with glasses and gray hair? Things change.
Few places have changed more than the Mission, and St. Peter’s has changed with it. There are about 300 students at the school now, about half the enrollment of a few years ago. It’s not hard to understand the reason – poor people, the children of immigrants – can’t afford to live in the Mission anymore. Many have moved out.
There are tech buses on the streets, young and hip white people in the coffee cafes. Rents are going through the roof.
But St. Peter’s seems to be thriving. It was founded in 1878 by the Catholic Sisters of Mercy, eight nuns who came from Ireland to open a school for the children of immigrants. One hundred thirty-six years later, it is the same school. Different immigrants. READ MORE