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Father McGivney celebrates his 10th birthday

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Over 300 people celebrated the 10th anniversary of Father McGivney Catholic High School with a Sunday mass and reception at Glen Carbon.

The anniversary committee was led by Suzanne Halbrook, director of school advancement.

“We are honored to have Bishop Thomas John Paprocki not only attend our celebration but also deliver the homily. We will end our event with a social gathering on campus surrounded by the people who have made this school a reality with the presence of God. We are grateful, excited and honored to celebrate 10 years,” she said.

The Reverend Jeffrey Goeckner, president of the school, spoke about how difficult it was for the school to come to fruition.

“After many challenges, sacrifices and much prayer, Father McGivney Catholic High School opened in 2012 and welcomed 19 freshmen,” he said. “FMCHS was the first new high school to open in the Diocese of Springfield in over 80 years. To date, FMCHS has successfully educated and trained more than 400 students faithfully while promoting “A Culture of Life”. I believe that this school is truly a miracle.

Father McGivney Catholic High School is the only school in the United States named after Father Michael J. McGivney. In choosing a name for the local Catholic high school, the founders wanted to honor someone with the same values ​​they hoped to instill in future graduates. The search for a person who has dedicated his life to service, family and youth led them to an American priest.

Father McGivney is also the founder of the Knights of Columbus.

“Their pillars of unity, charity, brotherhood and patriotism are the foundation of the mission of Father McGivney Catholic High School,” said Principal Joseph Lombardi. “We are very proud of what our school has accomplished and we can’t wait to see where we are. in 10 years. »

The school opened in 2005 with the help of a group of parents, grandparents, pastors and other dedicated volunteers. Today, the school welcomes more than 300 students each year who participate in academic, sports and religious activities.