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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School History And Tradition
Blessed John XXIII SchoolBlessed John XXIII Catholic School had its beginning in September 1972. At that time the 240 students who had enrolled, and their teachers, were accommodated at St. Anselm Catholic School and at St. Bonaventure Catholic School. The school's administration was also located at St. Bonaventure.
By the fall of 1973 the building was ready for occupancy and the official opening of the school took place in the spring of 1974. Every year the student body increased so that an addition was built in 1982. Enrollment peaked in 1984 at 720 students. Then began a period of general declining school enrollments which persisted throughout the 80s.
The school was dedicated to Pope John XXIII, one of the most beloved popes of modern times and one of the 20th century's most noble, admired and respected of men. He was elected pope on October 18, 1958 and passed to his eternal reward on June 3, 1963. He was beatified in the Fall of 2003 and the school's name was changed to Blessed John XXIII Catholic School. The legacy of Pope John XXIII has formed the basis of many of the traditions and values of the school hat bears his name. The themes that defined his papacy were his constant quest for world peace, his love of his fellow man, his humility and his passion for the union of all Christians. He was a loving pastor, a builder of bridges, a man of peace and his tolerance and his teachings serve as a beacon and guide to the wonderful multicultural, multiracial, multilingual community that is Blessed John XXIII Catholic School.
The school and parish have always enjoyed a good working relationship. Weekend masses were offered to the community from the school gymnasium until 1977. That year saw the opening of the worship centre which, in the spirit of ecumenism cherished by Pope John XXIII, serves both the Roman Catholic and Presbyterian believers of the Flemingdon Park community.