Dumfries, VA – May 22, 2014: Just weeks after the canonization of Pope John Paul II, school principal, Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, O.P., announced to students and faculty that Bishop Paul S. Loverde, bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, gave his written permission for the name of the school to be changed to Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School. The letter from Bishop Loverde was received May 13, 2014, the 33rd anniversary of the shooting of Saint John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
In the letter, Bishop Loverde stated: “As the Church is blessed with our newest saint, may the school also be blessed with a renewed intensity of prayer, and continued vigilance in teaching our young people to meet the challenges of our contemporary world.”
The announcement was met with enthusiastic cheers and applause from the students and staff at the school. Turning to the students, Sister Mary Jordan said, “Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, you are our new leaders. We’ll need new traditions, new cheers for sporting events, and maybe even a school song! Once a saint, always a saint! We’re never going to change the name of the school again. We will be Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School forever. And, I know you will have the creativity to help us make the change in our hearts and in our community, so that future generations will know Saint John Paul the Great!”
The plan to integrate the name change will be carried out over the next several months. The high school was the first in the country to named Pope John Paul the Great, and the only one to now be named Saint John Paul the Great.
About Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School:
Established in 2008, Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is a co-educational, college-preparatory, high school currently serving more than 600 students from Northern Virginia. It is the only high school in the United States to offer a 4-year Bioethics Curriculum©. In only 6 short years, Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School has produced high achieving graduates who attend some of the nation’s best colleges and universities including Ivy League schools, Catholic institutions, and military academy appointments. SAT exam scores exceed national averages by more than 200 points, and Virginia averages by more than 170 points. Athletic achievements include state champions, and students playing division I – III sports in college.