The Campaign for Catholic Schools and the Archdiocese of Boston Announce $15 Million Yawkey Foundation Grant

Grant to support construction and renovation of five urban Catholic schools in Dorchester and Mattapan

Established in late 2007, the Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) is engaged in a $71 million capital campaign to revitalize Catholic elementary schools in Dorchester and Mattapan through a comprehensive strategic plan. Part of the Archdiocese of Boston's 2010 Initiative, the plan is designed to enhance academics with a new regional governance model, new leadership and curriculum along with professional development for all teachers.

The $15 million Yawkey Foundation grant will be used to support the construction and renovation of the five school buildings comprising Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester and Mattapan, and the renovation of the St. Peter's Teen Center in Dorchester. The Academy opened September 2008 to 1,500 students in Pre-K thru 8th grade located on five campuses in Dorchester and Mattapan. Please visit the Academy's website at http://www.popejp2catholicacademy.org to learn more.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley said, "With this exceptional and extremely generous grant to the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, the Yawkey Foundation is helping hundreds of families in Dorchester and Mattapan and supporting the Archdiocese in our efforts to strengthen Catholic education. This award will enable us to establish the Academy's five campuses as centers of excellence for academics and personal formation, to the benefit of the families we serve in the city of Boston and surrounding communities. We express our significant gratitude to the Yawkey Foundation for this gift and for their many important philanthropic works, through which they help thousands of people to find hope and the opportunity for a better future."

Jack Connors, Chair of the 2010 Strategic Planning Committee and chair of the Campaign for Catholic Schools, said, "The Yawkey Foundation is making what is believed to be the single largest gift to Catholic schools in the history of the Archdiocese of Boston and certainly one of the largest in Catholic elementary education nationally. Their willingness to commit to Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy and The St. Peter Teen Center demonstrates that the Cardinal's vision and that of the 2010 Strategic Planning Committee is bearing much fruit as we go about the work of saving Catholic education in the Archdiocese and serving children in one of the cities largest neighborhoods. This transformational gift reinforces the belief that a Catholic education can provide every child a chance to excel and to reach their true potential."

More information on the Campaign can be found at www.campaignforcatholicschools.org