In honor of our namesake, Saint John Paul II, Bishop Spalding celebrated Mass outside at the Jim Carroll Athletic Complex.
"Inspired by faith, Pope John Paul II High School prepares students to be strong in mind, body, character, and spirit for lives of learning and service, according to the Gospel."
C.S. Lewis uses a wonderful simile which gets to the heart of our vision for students:
"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself." (Mere Christianity)
High school is a time of genuine growth and character development for teenagers. With an elevated, optimistic vision of what's possible for them, with a clear understanding that genuine growth includes the development of their minds, bodies, characters and spirits, we believe that God can truly build palaces in the lives of our students and they, in turn, can turn his love outward in a life of learning and service to others.
Great progress was made on two Habitat for Humanity homes with the help of the JPII community.
Matthew Shipley is a nominee for the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards of Hands on Nashville. Matthew is a great example of how a JPII student can impact our community.
Students in Mr. Elfer's Service in Solidarity Innov8 class works with elementary school students on their English speaking skills.
Students participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C.