For the past decade, Trinity Catholic Academy has served the Brockton community to its best ability. Guided by the spirit and teachings of the Catholic Church, over 300 students have graduated onto prestigious local high schools such as Cardinal Spellman High School, Boston College High School, Catholic Memorial, Notre Dame Academy, Cathedral High School, to name a few. Our commitment to providing an environment where every student is given the same access to education is the cornerstone of our success.
When the Campaign for Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Boston created TCA as the flagship school of its new model, there was hardly any doubt for the success that it would become. Investors and key players such as Jack Connors, Tom and Mary Shields, and John Fish (Suffolk Construction) made Trinity Catholic Academy’s transition from 3 local Brockton elementary and middle schools to one Academy the forefront of what would later be seen as the new urban Catholic school model. Soon to follow would be Saint Pope John Paul II Academy of Dorchester.
Since Trinity’s inception, many others have agreed on the quality of this rich investment, pledging more than $600,000 at our annual dinner gala over the past 4 years, which goes toward operations and scholarship/tuition assistance. From our donor support, and friends of TCA, we’ve been able to expand our impact in more ways than one as tuition does not cover the true cost of educating the students at TCA.
This year, as we recognize how far we’ve come, Trinity hosted a ten year anniversary Mass and luncheon for the entire TCA community. Over 600 people gathered in St. Edith Stein Church (formerly Saint Edwards) and celebrated with Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, Father Joseph K. Raeke (Catholic Tri-Parishes of Brockton), Father Jim Lies, C.S.C. (Stonehill College), and many more.
At the luncheon that followed, Jack Connors, Chairman of the Campaign for Catholic Schools, shared his story about the early days of TCA when he was asked by Cardinal Seán to join him on his mission of revitalizing Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. As many laughed and indulged in the memories of the past, it was clear to all that TCA had come so far and yet would continue on its trajectory upwards.
Among our many guests and friends were about a dozen nuns who sat quietly up at the front, eating their lunches, and catching up on the good times of their former schools. Sisters of the Holy Union of the Sacred Hearts, Sister of Charity of Nazareth, Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of Jesus Crucified, Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin and Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart exchanged tidings and stories of the predecessor schools: Sacred Heart, Saint Edwards, and St. Colmans.
As our tenth year draws to a close, we are humbled by the community that has come together to embark on such a journey from the beginning, and we are looking forward to meeting new friends within the next decade. Friends and family, thank you for your continued support, and unwavering dedication to Catholic education in the Brockton area – we most certainly could not have done it without you!
Women’s Religious Honored at Ten Year Anniversary Mass
Sister Marguerite Normand, SASV (former Principal, Sacred Heart School)
Sister Sandra Dupre, SASV (Sacred Heart)
Sister Irene Prud’homme, SASV (Sacred Heart)
Sister Estelle Dube, SASV (Sacred Heart)
Sister Susan Riley, CSJ (Sacred Heart)
Sister Mary Valliere, CJC
Sister Mary James, CJC (St. Casimir’s)
Sister Paulina Yurgel, CJC (St. Casimir’s)
Sister Christine Kleponis, CJC (St. Casimir’s)
Sister Anne Marie O’Shea, SCN (St. Edward’s)
Sister Ann Whittaker, SCN (St. Edward’s)
Sister Shirley Howe, SCN (St. Edward’s)
Sister Alice Arsenault, SUSC
Sister Helen Poirier, SUSC
Board Member and Executive Director of the Campaign for Catholic Schools Jim Walsh authored a wonderful narrative of the history of TCA. Read more about TCA history by clicking here.