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Canonization of Pope Paul VI

The ground work to establish a Catholic High School in the Lombard/Villa park community began in 1960 when pastors of six local Catholic parishes contact Bishop D. McNamara and requested the creation of a Catholic Co-educational high School.  The Brothers of the Christian Schools were approached and agreed to sponsor this new high school.  

The new high school was slated to open in September, 1966 under the name of Montini in honor of the pope at that time, Pope Paul VI whose family name was Montini.

Pope Paul VI was born as Giovanni Battista Montini (John Baptist) Montini in 1897 in the Northern Italian province of Brescia.  He was elected pope in 1963, and served a 15 year pontificate before his death in Castel Gandolfo on August 6, 1978. Pope Paul VI is described as a brilliant man, deeply spiritual, reserved and gentle.

Pope Paul was beautified on May 10, 2014 after a miracle was accredited to Paul's intercession. Blessed Pope Paul VI will be canonized on October 14, 2018.  His feast day will be September 26th.

Students, faculty and staff will commemorate the canonization of Pope Paul VI at All Saints Mass on November 1, 2018.

To read more about Pope Paul's canonization, please click here.

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