Cardinal Wuerl Honored by New Pittsburgh Catholic High School

April 01, 2011

A regional Catholic high school planned for Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs will be named after the city’s former bishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, now Archbishop of Washington.

Today, Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh announced the new school will be named “Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School.” Bishop Zubik replaced Bishop Wuerl in 2007. The Diocese of Pittsburgh earlier this year announced plans to move North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh to Cranberry Township, about twenty miles north.

“With joy and gratitude I received the news that the Diocese of Pittsburgh will name the new Catholic high school in Cranberry Township Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School,” said Cardinal Wuerl. “I am truly deeply honored by the extraordinary privilege and I offer my congratulations to Bishop David Zubik for his commitment to Catholic education as the diocese proceeds with plans to open a new high school in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. I am humbled by this honor and will continue to keep this project and all involved in it in my prayers.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl was the Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years, until he was appointed Archbishop in Washington, D.C. in 2006. The Cardinal was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Cardinal Wuerl is known nationally for his emphasis on education and for seeking new and innovative ways to make Catholic education affordable and accessible. He is the Chancellor of The Catholic University of America and the former Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Education, as well as the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association

The Pittsburgh diocese has begun raising money for the high school, which is expected to cost up to $60 million. The new school site is on a sprawling 71 acres and will eventually house 1,000 students.

“In recognition of the tremendous contributions made by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., during his 18 years as bishop of Pittsburgh and his nationally recognized leadership in Catholic education, it is most fitting that we will dedicate this exciting project in his name,” said Bishop Zubik.

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