New Catholic high school to open in Temecula

After years of planning, Sisters of the Company of Mary have committed to build the school
St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School (photo from 2014 Press Enterprise article)

St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School (photo from 2014 Press Enterprise article)

The following comes from an October 24 My Valley News article:

TEMECULA – Prayers for the opening of a high school in the Temecula Valley have been answered.

After years of research and the recent completion of a feasibility study, the new St. Jeanne de Lestonnac High School is expected to open in 2017 on the same Avenida Lestonnac campus that houses the kindergarten through eighth-grade school, according to the Sisters of the Company of Mary, a religious community that has committed to build the school.

A key supporter of the project is Bishop Gerald Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino, which includes the Temecula area.

“I give my full and formal support to this effort by the Sisters of the Company of Mary,” Bishop Barnes said. “They have a 20-year track record of providing the best in Catholic education to the Temecula area. Now, that will extend to those important and formative years in high school.”

The new high school would draw from the cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore and Winchester as well as some communities in Northern San Diego County. It would also draw from many Catholic parishes including St. Catherine of Alexandria in Temecula, St. Martha in Murrieta, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Winchester, St. Frances of Rome in in Wildomar and St. Vincent Ferrer in Sun City.

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  1. I presume that the prayers in the first paragraph were for a Catholic high school in the Temecula area. I believe there have already been secular high schools in
    the area for decades.

  2. Abeca Christian says:

    God bless you!

  3. Maryanne Leonard says:

    Always good news to hear of new Catholic schools! Thank you, God.

  4. I hope this school will truly be Catholic, and that all the teachers will be supportive of the Catholic Church. They must also live good moral lives, as they have the lives and souls of their students to instruct. Hopefully there will also be a presence of good nuns who are not ashamed to serve God with joy and gladness.

  5. What % of non-Catholics will be permitted as students?
    Are ALL student’s regardless of FAITH (or non-Faith) going to be required to take Catholic religion classes?
    Are they going to use the Baltimore catechism as a required text for all students ?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Seriously? the Baltimore Catechism? The Baltimore Catechism is for children, not for college age students.

  7. Just because an area is conservative, does not mean they are Catholic. One can be very conservative and still be pro choice, pro Sodomite, pro divorce, pro drug etc. William Buckley was conservative, but was pro drug. Many conservatives are anti-Catholic. Many of your High Church Anglicans do not agree with traditional Catholic morals. So, just being conservative it not enough; one must be loyal to the sacred teachings of the Catholic Church. And, the Baltimore Catechism is for all Catholics, as there are teen age versions as well as adult versions.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      It doesnt make sense. She said “One can be very conservative and still be pro choice, pro Sodomite, pro divorce, pro drug etc. ” no such thing as being VERY conservative and be pro those things you mentioned. If so then they are NOT conservative. Not as for this area, they are generally against those things. It’s generally a pro family area. Last time i heard but areas change. But for now, there are many homeschooling families who may be excited of this new school. It this school is good, you can be sure that many of those families will be pleased. I wish them well. God bless them!

  8. The Baltimore Catechism contains no errors, and presents the doctrine and moral teaching of the Catholic Church in a concise and logical manner. It is very easy to comprehend and was the basis of converting many souls to the Catholic Church. To say it is for children, is silly not only because we are all children of God but also because this catechism explained the faith in easy to understand language.

  9. There was a song from SOUTH PACIFIC called CAREFULLY TAUGHT.. If children are not taught the truth, which is reality and fact, they will learn lies. A woman just killed her 6 day old child, and the court said the child was not yet human ! Garbage like this is accepted because ignorance and stupidity are running wild. Since many profess there is no God, there is no morality, and without morality, there is chaos. Ave Maria Purrissima !

  10. Steve Phoenix says:

    Richard Friend’s comment is mordant: “…When my youngest son went to pre-k (@ S. Catherine of Alexandria school, Temecula), he mistook the sisters for men because they wore pants and short hair.”

    The poor child exhibits natural reason and common sense, as endowed by God, and guided by his good parents.

    Now we will have to beat that (psychologically of course: we are never physically cru-el, in our punishments) out of him for the next 8 or so years.

  11. I hope that a miracle has occurred and St. Jeanne de Lestonnac had changed greatly from what it used to be. If the new high school is anything like the grade school 10 years ago, STEER CLEAR OF THIS NIGHTMARE OF A SCHOOL!! The SJL grade school in Temecula that my daughter attended years ago did not have the word “Catholic” on its signs or title anywhere on campus—and that’s for a good reason—it wasn’t Catholic! I attended 12 years of Catholic school as a child, and was very blessed with an excellent academic and religious education. There was NOTHING academic or religious about the education provided by St. Jeanne de Lestonnac’s school. It was a horrible experience for the hundreds of children and families that have left that…

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