Brookline Regional Catholic now as St. John Bosco Academy
Brookline Regional Catholic School has been re-structured as Saint John Bosco Academy.
In addition to the current sponsoring parishes of Saint Pius, Resurrection and Our Lady of Loreto, five new parishes will join the restructured school. Those parishes are Saint Catherine of Siena in Beechview, Saint Mary of the Mount in Mt. Washington, Prince of Peace in South Side, Saint Pamphilus in Beechview and Saint John Vianney in Allentown.
Saint John Bosco Academy will continue to serve students from throughout the southern neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.
“This is part of our continuing effort to ensure that Catholic education remains strong and vibrant in the Diocese of Pittsburgh,” said Bishop David Zubik, who issued the canonical decree to reestablish the school under a new name with a new governance structure.
“Renaming the school ‘Saint John Bosco’ truly honors a great saint who gave his life to the education and evangelization of children. It also reflects the ongoing and renewed support of the parishes associated with the school as each and everyone of the parishes associated with Saint John Bosco Academy will now have a formal role in its operation.”
Brookline Regional Catholic was formed in 1995 when Saint Pius, Resurrection and Our Lady of Loreto each closed their parish grade schools and established the new consolidated school at the Saint Pius site. As of June 2014, 180 students are enrolled in Pre-K through 8. It currently is the sole Catholic grade school south of the Monongahela River within the City of Pittsburgh.
The pastors of the eight parishes will be the board of directors for Saint John Bosco Academy. The school will also have an advisory board of one parent and one member of the pastoral or finance council from each parish.
This will be the fourth Catholic grade school that has implemented the consortium model in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This model invites neighboring parishes without schools to formally assist in recruiting, marketing, governing and financial support. In addition to Saint John Bosco Academy, the current consortium schools include Mon Yough Catholic, East Catholic and Northside Catholic. All have also formed a new governance model to serve their consortium school.
Saint John Bosco (1815-1888) for whom this newest consortium Catholic grade school is named, was an Italian priest whose vocation was to evangelize and educate young people. He founded the Salesian order, which has a worldwide mission to care and form young people with special compassion for those most vulnerable and in need. Saint John Bosco was beloved for his warm, playful approach and tireless service.