From Natalie Zelenak/Carole Noel
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic school students, staff, parents and parishioners had much to celebrate on Sept. 3 as they gathered for their traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit to officially begin the new school year. Father Tim Birney, pastor of Cabrini, announced a year-long celebration of the high school’s 60th and the grade school’s 70th anniversaries to the 800 people gathered in the church.
Concelebrating the Mass with Father Birney were associate pastors, Father Adam Nowak and Father Steve Mateja. In his homily, Father Tim called the congregation to “Celebrate everything we have been as we look forward to the next 70 years and beyond.” He went on to say, “The Holy Spirit should have authority over our school, guiding us in our actions and decisions.”
Many events are in the works for the 2019 and 2020 calendar year to honor and celebrate Cabrini and the people who make up its history.
Cabrini schools have been an asset to the Allen Park community for 70 years but their impact reaches beyond its borders. Students enroll from cities throughout Wayne and Monroe counties to access the college prep Catholic education the school offers.
To commemorate the milestone anniversaries, Cabrini has launched a new branding campaign that helps tell the story of Cabrini and its vision for the future. Alum Sara Meray Galloway ’01 created the new logos and signage that can be seen throughout the campus. A regal version of Cabrini’s iconic Monarch lion and an updated Cabrini crest can be found on all promotional material and correspondence from the schools.
Along with the new branding, nearly $400,000 worth of capital improvements have been made over the past three years to classrooms, cafeterias, athletic fields, offices, parking lots, bathrooms, roofs and floors.
“Cabrini has always had a great story to tell. The next chapter, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is expected to be even more exceptional and dynamic!” said Father Birney. “In line with Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron’s call to unleash our Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit, we have big plans for the future of our K-12 school.”
The Alumni Facebook page will post information as plans for upcoming events are finalized. Alumni are asked to contact the Department of Advancement and Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Alumni office at (313) 388-0110, Ext. 1014, to share contact information and memories. Everyone is invited to be a part of the 60/70 Anniversary year – because a “Monarch is always a Monarch!”
Those interested in learning more about Cabrini schools should contact Director of Admissions, Lisa Hughes, at email@example.com or call (313) 388-0110, Ext. 1019.
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic school is a co-educational, K-12, academically excellent school committed to providing an authentic Catholic educational experience that develops the character and potential of every student.