Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School

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Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School
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Community, Justice, and Knowledge
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Address
99 Humber Boulevard
Rockcliffe–Smythe, York, Ontario, M6N 2H4, Canada
Information
School number 555 / 685550
School board Toronto Catholic District School Board
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Superintendent Douglas Yack
Area 2
Area trustee Frank D'Amico
Ward 6
Principal Nancy Manicini
Vice Principals Allan Schultz
Raymond Sanborn
School type Bill 30 Catholic High School
Grades 9-12
Language English
Team name Romero Raiders
Colours Maroon, Black, White             
Founded 1989
Enrollment 744 (2012-13)
Parish Our Lady of Victory
Specialist High Skills Major Construction Technology
Non-Profit
Sports
(awaiting approval from the board)
Program Focus Advanced Placement
Gifted
Homepage Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School

Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School (acronym as ARCSS, Archbishop Romero, Archbishop Romero CSS, or in short Romero) is a Catholic high school located in York, Ontario, a municipality of Toronto. It belongs to the Toronto Catholic District School Board. It is named after Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980.

The school before Archbishop Romero was called York Humber High School by the York Board of Education (now Toronto District School Board) opened in 1967 and relocated to the Emmett site in 1991.

History[edit]

Hero[edit]

Main article: Óscar Romero

Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador and became the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador, succeeding Luis Chávez. He was assassinated on March 24, 1980.

After his assassination, Romero was succeeded by Monsignor Arturo Rivera. In 1997, a cause for beatification and canonization was opened for Romero, and Pope John Paul II bestowed upon him the title of Servant of God. The canonization process continues. He is considered by some[who?] the unofficial patron saint of the Americas and El Salvador and is often referred to as "San Romero" by Catholics in El Salvador. Outside of Catholicism, Romero is honored by other religious denominations of Christendom, including the Church of England through the Calendar in Common Worship. He is one of the ten 20th-century martyrs who are depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey in London, a testament to the wide respect for him even beyond the Catholic Church.[1] In 2008, he was chosen as one of the 15 Champions of World Democracy by the Europe-based magazine A Different View.[2]

School[edit]

Established in 1989 as the first Catholic high school in the City of York, the original school consisted of 200 grade 9 students, 18 teachers and three support staff members housed in what was previously York Humber High School[3] which was opened in 1967 and relocated in 1991. November 1992 marked the start of a $12-million construction project that transformed the original building into a state-of-the-art facility. At a special ceremony on May 7, 1995 the school was officially opened and blessed.

Chaplaincy[edit]

All of Romero students are required to take a course in Religious Studies each year, but the faith formation does not end there as its chaplaincy program that organizes numerous and varied retreats for every grade level. As well, Romero's chaplaincy team provides many opportunities for their staff and students to continually develop their faith life through worship as a community both in small and large group settings.

Being a Catholic community, they are committed to fostering the Christian values and principles inspired by their patron Archbishop Oscar Romero.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Westminster Abbey: Oscar Romero". Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  2. ^ A Different View, Issue 19, January 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-32904.pdf

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°40′49″N 79°28′51″W / 43.680416°N 79.480838°W / 43.680416; -79.480838