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Bishop Libasci Declares John Paul II Academy a Parochial Catholic School

October 10, 2018


(MANCHESTER, NH) – The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, announced today that he has formally recognized and designated John Paul II Academy in Claremont as a parish school under the auspices of Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, effective immediately.

Bishop Libasci said, “I am pleased to welcome John Paul II Academy as a parochial Catholic school, and I offer my prayerful best wishes for its success.”

Recognition as a Catholic school signifies that John Paul II Academy conforms to the authority of the bishop in matters of faith and morals, especially as related to Catholic religious education and liturgical practices. The school, as do all Catholic schools in the diocese, also adheres to diocesan standards regarding Catholic identity and academic excellence as well as for the protection of children and young people.

Headmaster Roxanne Raeside Wilton said, “At John Paul II Academy, we believe in the value of faith-based education and are grateful to receive diocesan recognition as an authentically Catholic school. I encourage all parents who want their children to grow in wisdom and Christian virtue to discover the joy, wonder and creativity of our liberal arts-based program of study. Our rolling admissions policy means that you can enroll your child at any time throughout the school year.”

The Very Reverend Shawn M. Therrien, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Claremont and Dean of the Upper Valley Deanery, said, “Catholic schools have deep roots in our community; New Hampshire’s first Catholic School opened here in 1823. So many people here, myself included, have wanted to reopen a Catholic school to serve the children in this community. I am grateful for the leadership and support of Bishop Libasci and of the diocesan Catholic Schools Office in making that vision a reality.”

About John Paul II Academy: John Paul II Academy is a PreK-12 Catholic school dedicated to the education of all children regardless of faith, culture, or race. Its mission is to teach and nurture a strong sense of the dignity of the human person through solid academics with an emphasis on character-building and intellectual maturity. It is located in Claremont, New Hampshire. For more information, visit: www.jp2academynh.org

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of nearly 235,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview.