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Bishop Libasci Announces Opening of Cardinal Lacroix Academy in September 2018

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March 23, 2018

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BISHOP LIBASCI ANNOUNCES OPENING OF CARDINAL LACROIX ACADEMY IN SEPTEMBER 2018

New Pre-K—Gr. 6 School Will Result from the Unification of St. Casimir, St. Anthony Schools

(MANCHESTER, NH)  The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, announced today that a new Pre-K—Gr. 6 school will open in Manchester in September of 2018. The new school, to be named Cardinal Lacroix Academy, will result from the unification of St. Casimir and St. Anthony Schools, and will be housed at the current St. Anthony campus on Belmont Street, adjacent to St. Anthony of Padua Parish.

The new school is named after Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, I.S.P.X., Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada. Cardinal Lacroix grew up in Manchester, and is an alumnus of St. Anthony School and Trinity High School.

“This unification of two schools, strong in their history and tradition, is an exciting move for Catholic education in New Hampshire,” said Bishop Libasci. “For over a century, thousands of students have walked their halls. Today, we embark on a plan to ensure that thousands more future students will continue to excel.” 

Mrs. Wanda Caraballo, current principal at St. Casimir School, and Mrs. Betty Ann Beebe, current principal at St. Anthony School, will be co-principals. Cardinal Lacroix Academy will operate as a parochial school of St. Anthony of Padua Parish.

Very Rev. Richard Dion, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, said, “Cardinal Lacroix Academy will be authentically Catholic, offer a strong academic curriculum, promote a richly diverse school community, and celebrate a vibrant liturgical life in union with St. Anthony of Padua Parish. The time has come for our schools to take the next step in serving our students through the formation of Cardinal Lacroix Academy.”

Informational session for parents/guardians of currents students are planned for the first week in April. 

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 The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of 255,000 Catholics.  For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview