SSPP plans new high school
EASTON — Sts. Peter and Paul officials are planning a new high school near its church off South Washington Street near U.S. Route 50.
Father James Nash, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish, announced Saturday, Nov. 5, that the fields adjacent to the church in Easton will soon be changed into a new high school and athletic complex.
“The timing is now,” said Nash. “Not only is there a defined need to better serve the faith and educational ministries of our parish with expanded and updated facilities, there is tremendous energy, talent and support among the community to make this happen. Most importantly, our students deserve the best educational experience we can provide.”
The school and athletic building have been approved by Bishop Francis Malooly, head of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.
For a number of years, committees of the school and parish have been working together on plans to use the properties adjacent to the church off Route 50.
That property, which is owned by the Catholic Diocese Foundation, had been set aside for the development of a new church and school complex. With a growing parish population, the new Sts. Peter and Paul Church was built in 2005 under the leadership of the previous pastor, the Rev. Robert Coine.
According to school officials, the ministries of the parish and school have continued to grow tremendously in recent years, and the need for new facilities as centers of faith and learning has become readily apparent. Over the last three years, a parish capital campaign and feasibility study was completed for a new Parish Life Center.
The Life Center will house meeting areas, classrooms and offices to support varied and growing ministries of the parish. It will also have one of the largest multipurpose halls on the Mid-Shore available for parish and community events.
It was through this recent feasibility study for the new Parish Life Center that the need for a new school and athletic complex took on renewed interest.