Cathedral Parish School celebrates 100 years in St. Augustine

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St. Augustine, FL – Cathedral Parish School is celebrating their 100th Birthday with several special events planned within the community. On Sunday, April 3 at 5 p.m. there will be an Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral Basilica.  This will be a joyous occasion for us all! Father Tom Willis will be welcoming Bishop Estévez and our Homilist for this very special Mass, Bishop Baker, as well as the Sisters of St. Joseph.  A reception will be held in our Parish Hall following the Mass.  This is open to the public and we are hoping have CPS alumni join us in this celebration.

On Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m., CPS will be hosting the Centennial Gala at the Lightner Museum.  The faculty and families of CPS are looking forward to this major milestone and getting reconnected with their alumni with a wonderful celebration of our roots and history, where we are today and looking to the future and many more years of providing faith based academic excellence to current and future CPS students.

“So many of the alumni from Cathedral Parish School have been a significant part of the fabric that is the community of St. Augustine and St. Johns County.  Celebrating our Centennial Anniversary will be a great way to recognize and celebrate their contributions,” said Rev. Thomas Willis, Pastor, Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Augustine.

For more information on this event, please contact the school at 904-824-2861.

Also part of the 100 Year Celebration on April 11, CPS is hosting a golf tournament at Palencia starting at 11 a.m. May 7, the school will be hosting the Love to Run 5k at Francis Field starting at 8:00 a.m.

Lastly to wrap up the 100 Year Celebration we invite the community to join us for an evening with Michele Borba, Ed.D on May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium. Dr. Borba brings to us a message on empathy and compassion based on her new book “UNSELFIE, WHY EMPATHETIC KIDS SUCCEED IN OUR ALL-ABOUT ME WORLD.”.  This event is free and open to all as our gift to the St. Augustine Community.  The author will also have books available for purchase and author signature after the talk. To order your free tickets and reserve your seat, go to

Dr. Borba is an internationally-recognized educational psychologist and parenting, bullying and character expert whose aim is to strengthen children’s empathy and resilience, and create safe, compassionate school cultures. She has spoken to parents and teachers on five continents and delivered keynotes to over one million participants including Harvard, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, USAFA, Common Ground,, Kaiser Permanente, Johnson & Johnson, Girl Scouts of America, Wall Mart, McDonalds, Santa Clara University, and at a soon to be TEDx talk. She is a regular NBC contributor appearing 135 times on the Today show, featured on three Dateline specials as well as Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Fox News, The Early Show, CNN and others. A best-selling author of 24 books and former classroom teacher, she is a wife and proud mom of three sons.

Cathedral Parish School opened its doors in 1916. The Rector of the Cathedral, Reverend John O’Brien, with the cooperation of his parishioners, arranged for the construction of a three-story parochial school on South St. George Street. It was a masonry building with stucco finish, red brick trim, with Spanish tile roofing.  The fourth bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Most Reverend Michael Curley, blessed the new facility on April 3, 1916. Students, grades one through nine, filed into the new building the following day.

The Sisters of St. Joseph staffed the school with Sister Mary Agnita Snead as Principal. Some of our more notable alumni have gone on to become priest and sisters, such as Father Tom Willis and Sister Susan Foster S.S.J.; community leaders such as John Alexander, presently Circuit Judge for the St. Johns County District and Mimi Cox Roberson, Registrar of Flagler College; as well as journalists such as Margo Cox Pope, retired editor for the St. Augustine Record , Pat Dooley, sports editor of the Gainesville Sun, and Joe Cowart, sports commentator for Sports Radio, Clear Channel in Jacksonville Florida.

Cathedral Parish School has a special place in the heart of the St. Augustine Community. Besides being a source for an excellent education, Cathedral Parish School has endeared itself to the community through generous humanitarian projects, such as support for St. Francis House and yearly donations to Catholic Charities of food and money to feed and clothe the poor.

Cathedral Parish School (CPS) is a VPK through 8 Catholic school in the Diocese of Saint Augustine, Florida. Cathedral Parish School offers a fully accredited curriculum that has earned CPS recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education. CPS is pleased to offer an educational community that is academically challenging, diverse, and committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. Cathedral Parish School is located in the nation’s oldest city and affiliated with the nation’s first parish, the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Augustine. Cathedral Parish School is a community of families and staff working together educating students and the future leaders of tomorrow. Please contact the school office, 904-824-2861 for additional information.

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