Archbishop visit celebrated 65th anniversary at Coventry catholic school  - The Coventry Observer

Archbishop visit celebrated 65th anniversary at Coventry catholic school 

Holly Clement 27th Jun, 2024 Updated: 28th Jun, 2024   0

THE Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, joined dozens of staff, governors, and pupils past and present to celebrate a landmark 65th anniversary at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School.

The special occasion, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, saw members of the school community gather at the Saint Charles Lwanga Theatre for a memorable Mass.

Archbishop Longley, the second most senior figure in the Catholic Church in England and Wales, led the Mass, celebrating the school’s long-standing commitment to Catholic education.

Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, located on Potters Green Road, has been serving the community since it opened in 1958 under the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

He said: “It’s a great thing to come together to remember those pioneers 65 years ago who had a vision for catholic education in this part of the city.

“I’m very grateful to all the staff for inviting me, and thank former members of staff and students for supporting the school community, not just tonight but on many occasions over the years.

“The Saint Charles Lwanga Theatre is a very fitting place for our gathering of the Eucharist, with a real sense of thanksgiving and gratitude as we move closer to the end of another academic year.”

The event was attended by current and former staff and pupils, including former head teacher Angela Whelan, current principal Matthew Everett, and sixth form student Ciaran Fawcett, who all shared readings and reflections.

Father George Bennett, Parish Priest for Saint Patrick, Coventry, also celebrated the evening Mass.

The school band provided music, and Year 10 pupil Isabel performed the responsorial psalm, with the congregation joining in full voice.

Margaret Knight, daughter of Cardinal Wiseman’s first head teacher, Tom Hope, said: “I’ve been back to Cardinal Wiseman a number of times over the years but today has reminded me a lot of how things used to be and how much has changed.

“I came to school here the year after my father started, and things were done very differently back then.

“It’s been really interesting to see his name on the official documents and records, and lovely that people have had the chance to come together today.”

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