TCDSB buys Loretto Abbey

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  • March 11, 2011
Loretto Abbey Catholic High SchoolTORONTO - The sale of Loretto Abbey Catholic High School to the Toronto Catholic District School Board on March 9 ensures the school's 164-year tradition of Catholic education for young women will continue, said Sr. Evanne Hunter.

“Our members made many sacrifices to ensure that Catholic families could avail themselves of a Catholic education for their children, and we are pleased that this beautiful building, so rich with history and tradition, will continue to operate as a Catholic school for young women,” Hunter, provincial leader of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as the Loretto Sisters, said in a statement.

“Though the giving up of this repository of so much of our history is painful, we Loretto Sisters take solace in the fact that we will continue to be connected to the school for many years,” she said.

The TCDSB will take over the school and the property located near Yonge Street and Wilson Avenue in north Toronto. The board did not make financial information on the sale available.

Ann Andrachuk, chair of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, said the purchase will “enable us to continue to provide quality Catholic education for young women in this area.”

"We thank the Loretto Sisters for their commitment to Catholic education, and we are proud to keep their legacy alive through this fine institution that they founded so many years ago," she said.

More than 900 students attend Loretto Abbey. It was established in downtown Toronto in 1847 and named after the Loretto Sisters' school in Ireland. Over its early years the school moved around several locations before finally relocating to its present site, which opened in 1928.

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