(CBS) — The Archdiocese of Chicago announced Saturday that a regional school on the Northwest Side will be named after Pope Francis.
The school will be called the Pope Francis Global Academy and will open in the fall of 2016, operating on two campuses.
The regional school is a result of the consolidation of four parish schools: St. Cornelius, Our Lady of Victory, St. Pascal and St. Tarcissus. The campuses for the regional school will be at St. Pascal, 6143 West Irving Park Road, and St. Tarcissus, 6040 West Ardmore Avenue.
“The traditions of all four schools will be incorporated in the new school while we move forward with academic programs that will enhance the curriculum, provide greater access to technology and offer diverse enrichment opportunities,” said Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in a statement. “This will make Pope Francis Global Academy a highly attractive educational choice for parents.”
“The decision to create this new school is a tangible representation of our continuing commitment to benefit our children, their families, our faith and civic communities,” said Archbishop Blase Cupich in a statement.