Job Fair at JPII

January 25, 2018 A. D.

Job Fair at JPII

A successful new Catholic high school needs great staff and teachers. Earlier this month, more than ninety people registered for the inaugural Job Fair for St. John Paul II Catholic High School.  The Job Fair had three components:  vision and mission of the school, diocesan process for applying, and time for individual meetings.

The event began with a description of the plan and mission of St. John Paul II Catholic High School.  Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, O. P., Principal of St. John Paul II Catholic High School, described the Dominican charism, which is preaching the truth of the human person with joy.  She also tied the vision of this seventh diocesan high school to Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s letter, Evangelizing through the Catholic Schools. This school will be staffed by faithful men and women who can witness to the truth of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, forming the students to be joyful witnesses of Truth to the world.

Sister Mary Brigid Burnham, O. P., Director of Curriculum Development, explained the opportunities for future teachers. In two words, teachers foment “loving knowledge.” By educating the whole person in what is good, true and beautiful, teachers lead students from facts to knowledge, and with grace, to wisdom. Opening a school means wearing many hats, and much hard work, a great environment for a teacher to develop and grow in exciting ways!

Domonic Salce, Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools, outlined the steps for becoming an employee of the Diocese of Phoenix. In particular, he referred applicants to the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools jobs website. Catholic Schools Job Postings  Since all applicants must apply for desired positions through the online portal, Domonic Salce gave a clear explanation of the process. Positions for St. John Paul II Catholic High School will be posted on the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools website, beginning in February or March and continuing through the summer months.

Just as the Diocese exhorts us, “Together, let us go forth,” may all those who will be Founding members of St. John Paul II go forth courageously in this great opportunity in education.

Excavation of the Basement at John Paul II High School

Earth is Moving! Excitement Heightens as the Pit Deepens

The excitement generated at the groundbreaking builds as earth moves at the construction site of St. John Paul II Catholic High School.

The construction trailer and water tank marked the real beginning. Two weeks of watering the ground were followed by the placement of a silt fence, then a construction fence. Each morning the Mass goers hear the earth movers tearing around, even though they can see less and less of them, as the pit for the school’s basement grows deeper.

The new high school building will accommodate 500 students, with a full basement level and two levels above ground. The seventh Catholic diocesan high school is the first Catholic high school built west of 35th Ave.

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation from Nashville, Tennessee bring to JPII their charism of teaching with 156 years of experience in education. Every child in the United States deserves a Catholic education, and St. John Paul II brings this opportunity to the growing population in the West Valley. Drive by and see your new Diocesan high school, as the earth is moving to prepare the way!

Community rejoices in seeing dirt fly at St. John Paul II High School groundbreaking

From The Catholic Sun:

AVONDALE — Families and community leaders were among those gathered on a windswept dirt lot Jan. 27 to witness the groundbreaking for the newest Catholic high school in the Diocese of Phoenix.

St. John Paul II Catholic High School, slated to open for the 2018 academic year, will be built beside St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. The far-west Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in the state and while it boasts Catholic elementary schools, there hasn’t been a Catholic high school nearby. Until now.

Dan De Battista, who substitute teaches at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, where two of his grandchildren attend, was excited. He’s hoping they will one day attend the new Catholic high school. He said he’s taught in public schools and the difference in settings was huge.

“It’s a gift for this area — it’s a gift from God to be able to have this,” De Battista said.

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Church breaks ground on new Catholic school in West Valley

From KTAR.com:

Ground was broken on a new Catholic high school in the West Valley during a ceremony on Friday.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was joined by parents and future students of the St. John Paul II Catholic High School in the groundbreaking ceremony that took place near the intersection of Thomas and Litchfield roads in Avondale.

The school is located next to the St. Thomas Aquinas Church and is expected to open in 2018. The decision was made to build the school because of the rising population in the area.

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$23M Catholic high school breaks ground in West Valley

From the Phoenix Business Journal:

Scottsdale-based Double AA Builders Ltd. is breaking ground today on a Catholic high school to serve the growing number of Catholic students and families in the West Valley.

Gilbert-based HDA Architects designed the new school, which will be open for the 2018 academic year at 13720 W. Thomas Road, which is next to the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Avondale.

The closest Catholic high school to the 25-acre site is Bourgade Catholic High School at 4602 N. 31st Ave. in Phoenix, which is 20 miles away.

The Diocese of Phoenix’s newest high school will be named after St. John Paul II, who served as the Pope for 27 years and who visited Phoenix in 1987.

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Catholic High School Ground Breaking Scheduled For Friday

From 91.5 KJZZ:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix plans to break ground on a new high school Friday in Avondale.

St. John Paul II High School will be the first Catholic high school in the far West Valley, when it opens in 2018.

Enrollment has jumped at a pair of nearby parochial schools, and the region’s booming growth spurred their decision to build a new high school, according to the Diocese.

Officials previously said St. John Paul II will have 600 students, but could expand to 1,000.

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia will run the school, which is expected to cost $23 million.

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Excitement builds as new Catholic high school prepares to break ground

From The Catholic Sun:

The first Catholic high school to serve the growing number of Catholic students and families in the far West Valley is about to mark a major milestone.

Hundreds of future students, their families and community leaders will be on site as the groundbreaking begins for the construction of St. John Paul II Catholic High School. The special event is scheduled for 10 a.m., Jan. 27, and is open to the public.

Opening in time for the 2018 academic year, the Diocese of Phoenix’s newest high school is named after St. John Paul II, whose leadership and call to holiness during his 27-year papacy resonates to this day. Arizona residents still treasure the memory of the Holy Father’s visit to Phoenix in 1987, where he touched the lives of hundreds of thousands.

“Building a new Catholic high school in the West Valley is a clear statement about the importance of young Catholics in the Church’s life and mission today,” Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said. “St. John Paul II Catholic High School demonstrates our commitment to the wonderful communities that make up the West Valley, and our steadfast desire to assist parents in preparing their children for their unique and vital mission in society, as friends and witnesses of Jesus Christ.”

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St. John Paul II High School Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for Friday, Jan. 27

New Catholic High School in Avondale to Open in 2018

PHOENIX (Jan. 17, 2017) — The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, invites the community to a special groundbreaking event at 10 a.m., Jan. 27, to celebrate the next step in establishing St. John Paul II Catholic High School, the first Catholic high school to serve the growing number of Catholic students and families in the far West Valley.

Hundreds of future students, their families and community leaders will participate in a short program, which will include a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Catholic high school at 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85392, adjacent to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.

Opening in time for the 2018 academic year, the Diocese of Phoenix’s newest high school is named after St. John Paul II, whose leadership and call to holiness during his 27-year papacy resonates to this day. Arizona residents still treasures the memory of the Holy Father’s visit to Phoenix in 1987, where he touched the lives of hundreds of thousands.

“Building a new Catholic high school in the West Valley is a clear statement about the importance of young Catholics in the Church’s life and mission today,” Bishop Olmsted said. “St. John Paul II Catholic High School demonstrates our commitment to the wonderful communities that make up the West Valley, and our steadfast desire to assist parents in preparing their children for their unique and vital mission in society, as friends and witnesses of Jesus Christ.”

A yearlong feasibility study and community support confirmed the need for a new Catholic high school in the region. The West Valley has experienced high growth in recent years and is projected to continue for the next decade. Two nearby Catholic schools, St. John Vianney and St. Thomas Aquinas, continue to experience growth in enrollment. Religious education and youth programs at both parishes are at record-high numbers.

“At the heart of our Catholic schools are communities that support faith, knowledge and service. By focusing on these three aspects, Catholic schools prepare students to use their God-given talents to the fullest.” MaryBeth Mueller, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Phoenix, said. “We are blessed as a Diocese to be building a new Catholic high school that will form students in their faith and academics and outreach to the community.

St. John Paul II Catholic High School is led by a community of religious sisters, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, who are new to the Diocese of Phoenix. The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, commonly referred to as the “Nashville Dominicans” due to their historical roots in the city dating back to 1860, are acclaimed for their expertise in Catholic education and for their academic and spiritual leadership.

Sr. Mary Jordan Hoover, O.P., is the principal of St. John Paul II Catholic High School, and is one of the three sisters that are providing leadership for the new school. She began working with the planning team for the new school in April.

“It is a joy to be part of the life of the Church in Phoenix and to work together with so many faithful Church and lay leaders toward the opening of this new high school,” Sr. Mary Jordan said. “The groundbreaking marks the beginning of the construction phase and I hope it will increase the desire for Catholic education among families who will one day be part of the St. John Paul II school community.”

Fundraising for the $23 million school will begin in the near future as part of a comprehensive Diocesan-wide campaign that will unfold over the next five years.

More than 14,000 students currently attend one of the Diocese of Phoenix’s 28 Catholic elementary schools, six high schools and 28 preschools. Students receive a rigorous, faith-filled education that prepares them for the challenges of higher education, a competitive world and for being faithful witnesses of the Gospel of Christ. An estimated 99 percent of students graduate from high school; 97 percent go on to attend college.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was established Dec. 2, 1969, by Pope Paul VI. Led by the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, more than 1.1 million Catholics make this diverse, vibrant and faith-filled diocese their home.

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Robert DeFrancesco
Director of Communications
rdefrancesco@diocesephoenix.org
(602) 354-2130

St John Paul II Catholic High School Ground Blessing and Sign Unveiling [VIDEO]

Students, families and community leaders joined Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted on April 5, 2016, as he blessed the grounds and unveiled the sign marking the new St. John Paul II Catholic High School. The high school will serve the far West Valley and will open in 2018.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was established Dec. 2, 1969, by Pope Paul VI. Led by the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, more than 1.1 million Catholics make this diverse, vibrant and faith-filled diocese their home.

Community Invited to Attend Special Event Celebrating New Catholic High School in Far West Valley

Students, Families and Community Leaders to Join Bishop Olmsted as he Blesses New Campus Grounds, Unveils Sign Marking St. John Paul II Catholic High School

PHOENIX (March 29, 2016) — The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, invites the community to a special event at 10 a.m., April 5, to celebrate the next step in establishing St. John Paul II Catholic High School, the first Catholic high school to serve the growing number of Catholic students and families in the far West Valley.

Hundreds of future students, their families and community leaders will participate in a short program, which will include a blessing of the campus grounds by Bishop Olmsted and an unveiling of a sign marking the site of the new Catholic high school at 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85392, adjacent to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.

Dignitaries and community leaders who will be present at the celebration include Kenn Weise, Mayor, City of Avondale; Georgia Lord, Mayor of Goodyear; Skip Hall, Vice Mayor, City of Surprise; Tom Schoaf, Mayor, City of Litchfield Park; John Safin, President & CEO, Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Glosser, Director of Academic Alliances, Grand Canyon University; and more.

“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 target startup date for St. John Paul II Catholic High School will be the fall of 2018. 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. Costs associated with establishing the new Catholic high school will be released at that time.

A yearlong feasibility study and community support confirmed the need for a new Catholic high school in the region. The West Valley has experienced high growth in recent years and is projected to continue for the next decade. Two nearby Catholic schools, St. John Vianney and St. Thomas Aquinas, continue to experience growth in enrollment. Religious education and youth programs at both parishes are at record-high numbers.

“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.”

St. John Paul II Catholic High School will be led by a community of religious sisters, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, who are new to the Diocese of Phoenix. Sr. Mary Jordan Hoover, O.P., will be the first principal of St. John Paul II Catholic High School.

“I am grateful to God for the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia and their commitment to establishing a new presence here in the Diocese of Phoenix,” Bishop Olmsted said. “Their community has been committed to Catholic education and evangelizing children and their parents since their founding more than 155 years ago. We are blessed to have their contributions to the mission of the Church at St. John Paul II Catholic High School and the surrounding communities.”

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, commonly referred to as the “Nashville Dominicans” due to their historical roots in the city dating back to 1860, are acclaimed for their expertise in Catholic education and for their academic and spiritual leadership.

“Our community is excited about being part of the life of the Church in the Diocese of Phoenix,” Sr. Mary Jordan said. “We look forward to meeting the people, especially the families who will one day be part of St. John Paul II Catholic High School.”

More than 14,000 students currently attend one of the Diocese of Phoenix’s 28 Catholic elementary schools, six high schools and 28 preschools throughout the Diocese of Phoenix. Students receive a rigorous, faith-filled education that prepares them for the challenges of higher education, a competitive world and for being faithful witnesses of the Gospel of Christ. An estimated 99 percent of students graduate from high school; 97 percent go on to attend college.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was established Dec. 2, 1969, by Pope Paul VI. Led by the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, more than 1.1 million Catholics make this diverse, vibrant and faith-filled diocese their home.

Media Contact
Robert DeFrancesco
Director of Communications
rdefrancesco@diocesephoenix.org
(602) 354-2130

‘Nashville Dominicans’ to Lead St. John Paul II Catholic High School

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Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia to Establish Presence in the Diocese of Phoenix

PHOENIX (March 22, 2016) — The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, announced today that the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia will establish a community here in the Diocese of Phoenix and will lead St. John Paul II Catholic High School, which will serve the community in the far West Valley beginning in Fall 2018.

Sr. Mary Jordan Hoover, O.P., will be the first principal of St. John Paul II Catholic High School. She currently is principal of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Additionally, Sr. Mary Brigid Burnham, O.P., currently the Religious Department Chair at Mount de Sales Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, and Sr. Mary Gertrude Blankenhagen, O.P., currently serving as principal of Overbrook School in Nashville, Tennessee, will establish the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia’s presence in the Diocese of Phoenix.

“I am grateful to God for the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia and their commitment to establishing a new presence here in the Diocese of Phoenix,” Bishop Olmsted said. “Their community has been committed to Catholic education and evangelizing children and their parents since their founding more than 155 years ago. We are blessed to have their contributions to the mission of the Church at St. John Paul II Catholic High School and the surrounding communities.”

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, commonly referred to as the “Nashville Dominicans” due to their historical roots in the city dating back to 1860, are acclaimed for their expertise in Catholic education and for their academic and spiritual leadership.

In 1860, four Dominican Sisters from Ohio established a school in the Diocese of Nashville. In 1913, the Congregation of Saint Cecilia was formally affiliated with the Dominicans. Since then, the Nashville Dominicans have continued to expand, establishing schools and ministries throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Scotland and the Netherlands. They presently serve in 43 schools, teaching more than 15,000 students.

“Our community is excited about being part of the life of the Church in the Diocese of Phoenix,” Sr. Mary Jordan said. “We look forward to meeting the people, especially the families who will one day be part of St. John Paul II Catholic High School.”

The community is invited to meet Sr. Mary Jordan at an upcoming event in celebration of St. John Paul II Catholic High School at 10 a.m., April 5. A short program featuring future high school students will include a blessing of the campus grounds by Bishop Olmsted and an unveiling of a sign marking the site of the new Catholic high school, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85392, adjacent to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.

“We are delighted and blessed to be welcoming the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia,” MaryBeth Mueller, superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Phoenix, said. “Students and families who are contemplating St. John Paul II Catholic High School can look forward to an environment that enriches the hearts and minds of our future leaders.”

More than 14,000 students currently attend one of the Diocese of Phoenix’s 28 Catholic elementary schools, six high schools and 28 preschools throughout the Diocese of Phoenix. Students receive a rigorous, faith-filled education that prepares them for the challenges of higher education, a competitive world and for being faithful witnesses of the Gospel of Christ. An estimated 99 percent of students graduate from high school; 97 percent go on to attend college.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was established Dec. 2, 1969, by Pope Paul VI. Led by the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, more than 1.1 million Catholics make this diverse, vibrant and faith-filled diocese their home.

Media Contact
Robert DeFrancesco
Director of Communications
rdefrancesco@diocesephoenix.org
(602) 354-2130

Saint John Paul II Catholic High School Coming to the Far West Valley!

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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.”

Media Contact
Robert DeFrancesco
Director of Communications
rdefrancesco@diocesephoenix.org
(602) 354-2130