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Toronto Catholic District School Board

 

School History And Tradition

Francis Libermann Catholic Secondary School has developed a rich history in its relatively young life. Founded in 1977 by Father John Geary, and staffed by a small group of dedicated professionals, the school at once established itself as a model of academic excellence and faith experience.

 

The school's motto, “Inter Mutanda Constantia”--steadfastness in the midst of change--has indeed proven to be the guiding principle of Francis Libermann Catholic High School. We have maintained a traditional, non-semestered, coeducational school which holds in high regard both academic excellence and Gospel values.

 

The emphasis on community and faith experience has led to the foundation of some highly regarded traditions from our retreat program to a wide variety of support to charities. Students are encouraged, and given the opportunity to live out Gospel values within their community as well. Ours is a rich, diverse and multi-ethnic population whose members see daily the true value of those blessings. That strong community spirit has remained intact at Libermann through a dedicated staff and vibrant student body. 

 
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The Story of Francis Libermann

Born in Sayerne, Alsace in 1802, Jacob Libermann was the youngest son of Rabbi Libermann who cared for the Jewish population of that town. He underwent a strictly orthodox rabbinical upbringing but after an agonizing interior struggle, became a Christian at the age of twenty-four. 

 

One year later, he entered St. Sulpice in Paris. Just before ordination to the subdiaconate he was afflicted with epilepsy, a disease which rendered him ineligible for major orders. While working as an educator of seminarians he became convinced of the need for a proposed society of priests who would work for the education of newly liberated slaves in the French colonies.

 

When he sought approval in Rome for his newly-founded society of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, he was firmly told that only one in priestly orders would be permitted to found a missionary society of this purpose. Church authorities finally gave approval to his proposal on condition that he find a bishop willing to ordain him.

 

Father Libermann became the first Superior-General of the new missionary order in that historic year of 1848. Only seven years ordained, he had but four years of life remaining. Although his epilepsy never again troubled him from the day of his ordination, his health was never good and he drove himself with quiet ferocity belying the calm, kindly exterior which made him so beloved by the young men who came forward in large numbers to participate in the work over which he presided. From October, 1851, his health deteriorated rapidly and in February, 1852, he died.