The streets of the South Bronx reveal the decay affecting parts of modern American cities, resembling those of Mumbai more than gentrified Manhattan. Amidst this bleak landscape, faith-inspired efforts like the Brilla Public Charter Schools offer hope and rejuvenation. Founded at the suggestion of New York’s Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Brilla schools provide a classical Catholic education model, which has become increasingly popular. Since 2019, Brilla’s four Bronx-based schools have doubled their enrollments, even as public school enrollments have declined by 23 percent. Two more schools are planned, reflecting their distinct approach and strong community support.