Bishop Daly leads campaign for new Catholic high school


SCCHS_AD_OTLThe following comes from a Dec. 10 story in the Valley Catholic.

San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Daly is spearheading an effort to create a new diocesan high school in south Santa Clara County. He is working with a committee of the Diocese of San Jose which is planning fundraising, building and governance of the high school aimed at opening in 2017.

Bishop Daly said, “We plan to build a 21st Century Catholic college prep designed for innovative leaders of tomorrow. Our goal is to develop well-rounded students who are educated in the rich tradition of Catholic educational excellence.
“The learning environment of this new school will strengthen and further spiritual, intellectual and social development of our young people. Widespread benefits from this endeavor will be felt for generations,” he said. 
Bishop Daly has a background in Catholic education having been a former teacher and past President of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Marin County….

The diocese of San Jose has purchased a 40-acre site located at Tennant Ave. and Murphy Ave. in Morgan Hill, near Hwy 101. The first phase of the school will accommodate 600 students and is estimated to cost $30 million, Krajewski said, adding that some $5 million had been pledged.
Some of the initial funding is providing an Environmental Impact Report which is currently being undertaken by the City of Morgan Hill, the results of which take approximately 18 months, she said. 
Krajewski said, “The campaign has been driven by volunteers. George Chiala, a local businessman, has been spearheading the effort along with a tireless group of people.” 
“There are over 400 high school students leaving the south county region to attend non–public high schools,” Chiala said….

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  1. Tony de New York says:

    Excelent news!!

  2. A concern. I can still hear a friend in San Rafael saying that her daughter “lost her faith at Marin Catholic.” She was there in the 1970s so that doesn’t necessarily reflect on Bishop Daly or his plans for this school. Nevertheless, it concerns.

    • You should be concerned. Those who are familiar with Mitty, the current diocesan high school, know how unCatholic it is. The bishop of San Jose needs to get his school department and his schools in order before expanding, otherwise he’ll just be spreading poor faith formation and even more students will be taught a bunch of liberal lies instead of religion.

      • Anton L Seidl says:

        The label Catholic itself is meaningless. During the last national election, on a drive through the Mitty faculty parking lot , I spotted a fair number of Obama bumper stickers.

    • Bishop Daly is very Catholic, very dedicated to Catholic education, and very zealous about it.
      If some girl “lost her faith” at Marin Catholic High School, maybe she CHOSE to dump it for something more hip.
      It’s not always the fault of the school, parents, or parish when someone “loses their faith” — often, the person wants to do their own thing and doesn’t want to live the challenges of the Gospel.

      • Steve Phoenix says:

        Amen, Bill., re. “not always the fault of the school parents parish when someone ‘loses their faith’”. Young people are forced-fed “autonomy” at school from the first days, and the major target are the girls. Of our children, the girls (now in their 20′s) spoke of how the sex-agenda was forced on them by the public high school system, until they were sick of it, but they retained their faith through it all. The boy went to a fine Jesuit high school—and abandoned his Catholicism by his senior year, and hasnt looked back to this day. Go figure. But, as you know, you never stop praying the Rosary.

  3. Michael McDermott says:

    ‘Catholic Is Our Core’ Launched to Address Concerns about Common Core in Catholic Schools
    December 20, 2013, By CNS Staff

    Responding to Catholic families’ growing concerns about the controversial Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their potential impact on Catholic education, The Cardinal Newman Society has launched the new “Catholic Is Our Core” project and issued a statement in support of greater parental involvement in the debate about the Common Core and advising caution before Catholic schools adopt untested, secular standards.

    In its statement The Cardinal Newman Society said:
    - See more at:‘Catholic-Is-Our-Core’-Launched-to-Address-Concerns-about-Common-Core-in-Catholic-Schools.aspx?

  4. As usual, no good deed goes unpunished on this site. People clamor for the Bishops to teach the kids. So, he decides to build a school and everyone comes down on him for something that happened in the 70′s or for what they might not do in the future. For those of you who have not read the requirements for the Common Core in math and language arts, go to the web site for the Diocese of Sacramento, check into the Education department link, and read what is expected of students. I taught Jr. High and Sr. High in the early to late 60s. The Common Core is way beyond what was taught then. Among other things, it is based on international standards so that our kids are not left noncompetitive with kids in other nations. The USCCB has issued a whole set of guidelines related to how to teach religion when common core is used. Much more thorough than when I went through parochial school.

  5. Anonymous Catholic says:

    Why not use the funds to pay for a monastery and land for the Tridentine Carmelites in Moraga?

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