SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Families who enroll their children in Catholic schools will find out Friday just where the future Pope Francis High School will be located. The announcement will comes after years of waiting from members of the Cathedral High School community, which has been without a permanent home since the Springfield school was destroyed in the June 1, 2011 tornado.
22News has been closely monitoring the rebuilding efforts, as well as the recent decision to merge Cathedral with Holyoke Catholic High School in Chicopee.
Earlier this month, the Diocese of Springfield announced that they had settled on two possible locations for Pope Francis High: the former Cathedral site on Surrey Road, or land owned by St. Stanislaus Parish off Memorial Drive in Chicopee. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, who will make Friday’s announcement, says that the decision comes after a thorough process.
“This is a well-thought-out process we have gone through. I am grateful to all of those who helped me in this process, and look forward to solid, Catholic, secondary education,” Rozanski said.
Springfield diocese spokesperson Mark Dupont confirmed for 22News that the announcement will happen at 11:30 Friday morning. We’ll be streaming that announcement, so you can watch it live here on WWLP.com.