Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted is pleased to announce plans for a new Catholic high school in the far West Valley: Saint John Paul II Catholic High School.
Coming in fall 2018, the new school will be named after our late Holy Father, whose leadership and call to holiness during his 27-year papacy resonates to this day. Arizona still treasures the memory of St. John Paul II’s visit to Phoenix in 1987, where he touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of the faithful.
“To build a Catholic high school in the far west valley, the most rapidly growing area of our state, is a clear statement about the importance of young Catholics in the Church’s life and mission today,” said Bishop Olmsted. “I am delighted that our people know this and are ready to make the sacrifices required to prepare our youth for their unique and vital mission in society, as friends and witnesses of Jesus Christ.”
The new Catholic high school will be located on property currently owned by the Diocese of Phoenix, located near Thomas and Litchfield Roads, adjacent to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Avondale. Fundraising for the school will begin in the near future and be part of comprehensive Diocesan-wide campaign that will unfold over the next five years.
“Our schools provide a rich Catholic culture and environment which fosters students learning in their faith and academics, as well as offering students a wide variety of service activities,” said MaryBeth Mueller, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Phoenix. “We are excited to offer this new high school that will assist in the formation of students who will be disciples in this world and enrich society with the leaven of the Gospel.”