The Dufferin-Peel Catholic district school board is the first board in the Greater Toronto Area to name a school after the Holy Father. CNS photo/Paul Haring

Dufferin-Peel school first in GTA to be named after Pope Francis

  • May 27, 2015

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - Brampton, Ont., will be home to the first Catholic school in the Greater Toronto Area named after Pope Francis.

At its May 26 meeting, trustees for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board announced the soon-to-be-built elementary school scheduled to open in September 2016 would bear the name of the Pope.

“Pope Francis imparts a distinctly human and welcoming approach to the Catholic faith and this is exactly how we see our schools,” said Frank DiCosola, vice chair of the board. “It is truly fitting that we name our newest school after Pope Francis.”

“Pope Francis has spoken of education as an act of hope, and we are confident that the new school, named for the Holy Father, will be a centre of excellence and hope for the students who will study there,” said John B. Kostoff, the board's director of education.

The school will be built on Olivia Marie Drive in the Mississauga Road/Steeles Avenue West area of Brampton. The Kindergarten to Grade 8 school will have places for 550 students.

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