Take a leap of faith

Published: Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 10:50 p.m.

Trinity Catholic High School began in 2000 with 45 ninth-grade students and a staff that was small in number but large in talent and faith.

We held classes in a wing of Blessed Trinity Middle School during our first year. We moved over to our beautiful 40 acre campus at the start of our second year, but had to hold classes in portables for half a year until the building complex was finished.

Since then, we have been able to enjoy our fantastic facilities, and our Charter Class (now 60 students strong) are getting accepted into the colleges of their choice. Our student population has grown to over 450, and we project 525 students for 2004-2005 (maximum capacity is 600 students).

I am reporting this information on TCHS because a similar situation is unfolding in Gainesville with the building of St. Francis High School. I think that it is a wonderful happening that the Gainesville community will have a Catholic school to which parents in their Diocese can send their children.

I urge every Catholic family of an eighth grade student to apply to St. Francis and take the same leap of faith as our parents did four years ago; you will not be disappointed and you will be part of something very special. This also holds true for non-Catholic families.

Pope John Paul II said that schools that are clearly Catholic but also welcome non-Catholic students make a concrete contribution to the building of peace and allows students from different cultures and religions to know one another and appreciate their differences.

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