Saint John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, joined the Lasallian family on February 21, 2018. The school was welcomed by its new District, the District of Eastern North America (DENA).
“We are thrilled to have Saint John Paul II Academy officially join our District’s Lasallian educational family,” said Brother Dennis Lee, FSC, DENA Visitor. “With its long standing tradition of rigorous academics, coupled with fostering a community committed to Gospel values and concern for the poor, Saint John Paul II Academy is a strong fit for our Lasallian charism and pedagogy.”
Brother Dennis, along with Brother Daniel Aubin, FSC, academy president, Most Reverend Gerald Barbarito, Bishop of the Palm Beach Diocese, and Alan Weyland, executive director of DENA’s Office for Mission and Ministry, signed the Lasallian Covenant Agreement during a Mass and celebration, capping a six-year discernment period.
“All schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach have a strong academic and well-rounded curriculum which allow our students to receive an excellent education and instills in them the faith and values which assist them in future success. The goals of excellence in spirit, intellect and zeal demonstrated by Saint John Baptist de La Salle and Lasallian schools highlighted in the Covenant will further assist the students at Saint John Paul II Academy as they go into the world to become successful in their communities, business and families, and in service to others,” said Bishop Barbarito.
St. John Paul II Academy is the newest school to join DENA since St. Vincent Strambi Catholic High School, located in St. Elizabeth Parish, Bull Savannah, Jamaica, joined in 2014.