Catholic Schools Open Year With Mass Celebrated by New Bishop

August 09, 2004

Nearly 3,000 school principals, teachers and staff from the 110 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will open the new school year with a Mass, an annual tradition. The celebrant will be the Archdiocese’s newest auxiliary bishop, Bishop Martin D. Holley, in one of his first events as auxiliary bishop:

Monday, August 30, 2004
10:00 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
4th St. and Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

The 2004-2005 school year will be an exciting one for the Archdiocese: a new school, St. Patrick, is opening in Rockville; students at Immaculate Conception School near the DC Convention Center are returning to a completely renovated school building after a year away (dedication is October 7); several hundred recipients of DC Opportunity Scholarships will be welcomed at Catholic schools in the District; and 15 new elementary school principals are assuming leadership in area Catholic schools.

The first day of classes for Archdiocesan Catholic schools will be Tuesday, August 31. The 110 PreK, elementary, secondary and special schools in the Archdiocese of Washington serve nearly 34,000 students in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, Montgomery and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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