HYANNIS – Following the April canonization of St. John Paul II, Fall River Diocesan Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha announced that Pope John Paul II High School will now be called St. John Paul II High School.
Bishop da Cunha made this announcement at a Mass for all Cape Cod Catholic School students today.
“As a school community, we were pleased and proud to celebrate the Church’s recognition of John Paul II’s sainthood. I thank Bishop da Cunha for advancing this name change and making it official,” said St. John Paul II High School Head of School Christopher W. Keavy.
“St. John Paul is a role model of heroic faith for our students. He spoke compellingly to the youth of the world and his message resonates today,” he said.
For now, the school plans to introduce the name change gradually as circumstances dictate. For several years, the school shortened its name to JPII, in anticipation of the change.
The graduating class of 2015 has elected to retain the name Pope John Paul II High School for their diplomas as the final graduating class with this name.
St. John Paul II High School and St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School form one united Catholic school serving students from grades five through twelve.