MUNCIE, Ind. — Muncie’s St. Lawrence Catholic College and St. Mary College will quickly mix into one, with a unification and identify reveal occasion scheduled for Monday, Could 3.
As soon as the varsity yr ends for the summer season, the unified faculty will formally open on June 1 at 2301 W. Gilbert St., the present location of St. Mary College and Pope John Paul II Center College.
“I couldn’t be extra excited. Along with the extremely certified lecturers and workers, we plan to respect and construct upon the wealthy historical past of every faculty as the inspiration to strengthen, develop, and maintain prime quality Catholic schooling in Muncie,” Rob Frey, principal of the brand new unified faculty, mentioned in a launch.
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The mixture of the 2 colleges comes after Muncie’s three Catholic church buildings; St. Francis of Assisi, St. Lawrence, and St. Mary, joined efforts in August 2020 to type the Muncie Catholic pastorate.
Whereas every church nonetheless presents its personal particular person Lots and programming, the pastorate now works collectively to advertise the general mission of the Catholic group in Muncie, in response to the discharge.
College based 140 years in the past
St. Lawrence Catholic College was founded in 1881 and has taught thousands of students in its 140-year history. The varsity has confronted shrinking enrollment and funds inside the previous decade.
Initially situated throughout Hackley Avenue from St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the varsity moved in 1988 into its present location, the previous Franklin Junior Excessive College constructing on East sixteenth Avenue. In 2016, Inspire Academy, an area public constitution faculty, purchased the sixteenth Avenue constructing and agreed to lease the again hallway to St. Lawrence. Even whereas sharing the constructing, the 2 colleges remained bodily and ideologically separated.
St. Mary Catholic College was based extra just lately in 1949, and continues to function alongside West Gilbert Avenue, on the grounds of St. Mary Catholic Church.
The 2 colleges merged center faculty packages to create Pope John Paul II Center College in 2008.
New identify to be revealed
The identify of the unified faculty will probably be introduced at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s soccer fields, which will be accessed on the nook of Gilbert Avenue and Nichols Avenue.
The out of doors occasion is open to the group, however in case of unhealthy climate, it is going to be held within the faculty’s health club with attendance restricted to present college students and lecturers of each colleges.
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As soon as college students return to class for the 2021-22 tutorial yr, the unified faculty will serve college students from pre-Okay via eighth grade.
“(I imagine) the choice to have a unified Catholic faculty permits it to offer the best high quality Catholic schooling for all kids,” Father Eric Underwood of St. Francis mentioned within the launch.
Charlotte Stefanski is a reporter at The Star Press. Contact her at 765-283-5543, firstname.lastname@example.org or comply with her on Twitter @CharStefanski.