Bishop Libasci’s vision to bring a new hope and the good news of Jesus Christ, through our Catholic faith, to all in New Hampshire is being realized through the good works of the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office, who are committed to making Catholic education accessible, available, and affordable to any family that desires it. There are many ways in which the CSO is working to achieve this mission. In the last year, they have opened two new schools, expanded educational opportunities for students with non-typical learning abilities, and provided additional funding for financial aid through the establishment of the St. John Neumann Catholic School Trust.
By providing accessible, affordable, and available Catholic education in our state, we are preparing youth for the past they will inherit, a future they will shape, and an eternity with Christ. Children and teens today need a faith-filled education more than ever before; to know they were wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God, and deserving of a safe environment in which to learn.
We are pleased to share that the Catholic School Office has partnered with the Knights of Columbus in an effort to strengthen Catholic education all over New Hampshire. This partnership will focus on a renewed call to lift up our schools; as men and Knights in our Diocese. We hope this is the beginning of a wonderful relationship between our two ministries and we are thrilled to share our first mission with you.
Fr. Kyle Stanton, pastor of Good Shepherd and Holy Family Parishes, along with the Catholic School Office, is set to open a new parish school, Salve Regina Academy, this September. Initially hoping the school would have 35 students
enrolled, the Prek-8 school located in Gorham, NH, already has 81 students pre-registered and are on a waitlist!
The motivation to establish this new school came from the parish and local community. For many years, parents and grandparents lamented at the closure of the Catholic schools of years past and have asked Fr. Stanton to open a school for their children. All of those voices reached his ears, heart, and faith, and he knew it was time for his voice to answer.
Work to open the school is still very much underway. Tuition for the first year will be set at $4,000 per student, which is significantly lower than that of other Catholic schools in the state, due in large part to the economic challenges faced by many families in the North Country.
Although the school building is structurally sound and in great condition, we are seeking funds to help the school with very important life and safety upgrades. The school is requires security cameras, fire alarms, fire doors in each classroom, partial ADA upgrades and critical fire escape exits in classroom, with an expanded easement on one side of the building. We are asking that Councils consider a donation to reach our goal of $20,000 to help fund these necessary upgrades. Your Council’s donation not only supports Salve Regina Academy, but serves as a commitment to Catholic education all over our state and fulfills our evangelistic calling.
As we launch this renewed commitment to educating and evangelizing young people, we plan to partner with the Catholic schools on a continual basis; by providing financial and spiritual assistance. We are aware of the good works many Councils already do for their local Catholic schools and for those we are profoundly grateful. Any support you can give to this new initiative in assisting schools all over our State is appreciated and welcomed. If you’d like to learn more about Salve Regina Academy, visit berlingorhamcatholics.org.