On September 25, 2012, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass in honor of the 75th Anniversary of St. Patrick Catholic School in Fayetteville. Concelebrating with the Bishop were Rev. Msgr. Michael Shugrue, Pastor of St. Patrick Parish; Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey Ingham, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Southern Pines and Dean of the Fayetteville Deanery; Rev. Javier Muñoz, Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick; Rev. Edward Burch, former Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick; and Rev. John Kelly, a retired priest of the Diocese of Raleigh and former Pastor of St. Patrick.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge addressed the St. Patrick School students. Explaining the Year of Faith declared by the Holy Father and set to begin in the Diocese in October, the Bishop asked the students to remember three “S” words as they experienced this special year. “STUDY your faith,” the Bishop said. “SHOW your faith. And SHARE your faith.”
St. Patrick is the city of Fayetteville’s oldest private school. It opened in 1937 with 33 students as a parish ministry. With a staff of four Sisters of Providence, the school grew to 50 students, three classrooms and a library. Seventeen years later the school outgrew its space and enrollment increased to 295 students. The Sisters of Providence continued to lead St. Patrick School until 1972.
The following year, the Daughters of Charity from Emmitsburg, Maryland, came to the school providing a principal and teaching Sisters. Over the years the school added one classroom per grade, a science lab, media center and computer lab.
Since 1992, the school has been led and staffed by lay personnel and has continued to grow and add educational and athletic programs. Today the school serves Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade and is accredited with the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges / AdvancED.
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Above: St. Patrick School children during Mass celebrating 75th anniversary of school.
Above: Students leading responsorial during Mass.
Above: Bishop Burbidge meeting with students during his visit to St. Patrick School.