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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School History And Tradition

Our school opened in September 1974, at a temporary site in St. Clare Catholic School and in the basement of St. Nicholas of Bari Church. Pope John School

On October 5, 1976, His Holiness, Pope Paul VI, bestowed his official blessing on the school.  At that time, the students in the primary grades moved to portable classrooms at the Laughton Avenue site while the rest of the school remained at St. Clare School.

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Bishop Nicola De Angelis, CFIC (then a Metropolitan Separate School Board trustee) officiated at the sod turning ceremony in 1979.

The official opening and solemn blessing of the school took place on April 26, 1981 performed by Rev. M. Mastrodicasa, Pastor, St. Nicholas of Bari Church.

Our Namesake

Our school takes its name from Pope Paul VI. He was born in Concesio Italy as Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini on September 26, 1897. He studied in Italy and was ordained in 1920. For much of his career Father Montini was a church diplomat until he was named archbishop of Milan in 1954. He became a cardinal in 1958.  On Pope JohnJune 21st, 1963 he was elected pope and became Pope Paul VI.
 
Succeeding Pope John XXIII, who had convened the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI presided over its final sessions and appointed commissions to carry out its reforms.
 
Pope Paul VI promoted ecumenism and travelled widely.  In 1964, he made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, becoming the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy, and the first pope to travel by airplane.  As pope, he visited six continents, and was the most travelled pope in history to that time, earning the nickname the Pilgrim Pope.
 
To the world Pope Paul VI is perhaps best known for his encyclical Humanæ Vitæ.  He died at the age of 80 on August 6, 1978.