Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila granted permission and gave his blessing last month for the parish to open a school with grades kindergarten through eighth grade.
Parish Pastor Msgr. Edward Buelt, known as Father Ed, told the Denver Catholic Register they have been hoping, planning and working for a school since the parish was founded in 1998.
“We did not feel we could be fully faithful to our mission and ministry as a Catholic parish without a Catholic school. We are very blessed that God has given us the grace to open our school in this Year of Faith,” Msgr. Buelt told the newspaper.
The school will located in the St. Joseph Ministry Center, a multi-use building next to the church.
According to the parish’s website, the school will be staffed by three nuns from the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, one who will serve as principal.
The school will hire additional teachers but will start with one class each of grades kindergarten through fifth and add a grade each year until it reaches eighth grade. Each class will have a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 25 students. Eventually the parish plans to have two classes of students in each grade
Our Lady of Loreto is taking applications from parishioners until March 22nd and then will open it up to non-parish members if there are any openings left.
Father Ed says the school’s philosophy will be thoroughly, 100% Catholic. It will teach only and all of the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. The Denver Office of Catholic schools sets the curriculum and all core subjects will be taught along with art music and PE.
Our Lady of Loreto Catholic School plans to open August 19, 2013 and will have a dedication ceremony prior to opening.