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The first junior and senior kindergarten students of the yet to be named Josyf Cardinal Slipyj Catholic School were assembled as a school community at the St. Louis School site in 1984. In 1985, the school moved to Sunnylea Public School and was given the name Josyf Cardinal Slipyj Catholic School. In 1990, the school was permanently established at the present West Deane Park location.
Offering a complete curriculum as mandated by the Ministry of Education and the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the unique characteristic of Josyf Cardinal Slipyj remains grounded in the foundations of Eastern Rite religious traditions, Ukrainian heritage, language and culture.
Josyf Cardinal Slipyj was born on February 17, 1892 in the village of Zazdrist. He was ordained September 30, 1917 and became the new Metropolitan in 1944. Remaining defiant against Soviet persecution, he was arrested and imprisoned in 1945. While in prison he was named cardinal in pectore. After his release in 1963, he was later publicly appointed Cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1965. Cardinal Slipyj died September 7, 1984. Our school proudly carries his name, for it is from a man like Josyf Cardinal Slipyj that we gain strength, courage and spiritual inspiration.