Christ the King schools will become a diocesan Catholic school

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Christ the King School K-8 will join Christ the King High School as part of a diocesan Catholic school.

Bishop Robert M. Coerver announced the change during his homily for Mass on Sunday, March 6.

He said after much consultation and a commitment to the long heritage of Catholic education in the United States, the move from a parochial to a diocesan school places financial responsibility for the school with the diocese.

Catholic schools in the United States date back to the 1700s. They were established by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. John Neumann and continued to train students in the faith and scholars for many decades.

“There are new visions taking shape nationwide that could make Catholic education more widely available, especially in smaller communities. Keeping our Catholic schools on the campus of Christ the King Cathedral vibrant and growing enables the Diocese of Lubbock to be a part of these new visions,” Bishop Coerver said.

The bishops of the United States have emphasized the call of the entire Catholic community to evangelize and have emphasized the critical and irreplaceable role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools play in this endeavour.

Christine Wanjura, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Lubbock, said she was grateful for the thorough assessment of the operational viability of Christ the King School as a parish school and at Christ the Cathedral Parish. King whose school has been in care for over 65 years.

“Shifting demographics and financial challenges have necessitated a reassessment of how best to support Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lubbock,” Superintendent Wanjura said. “In 2019, the grades 9-12 classes at CTK School became Christ the King Diocesan High School financially supported by the diocese and parishes represented by enrolled students. Under this model, the school has demonstrated financial stability, steady enrollment, academic and athletic accolades, and most importantly, success in educating students and building community.

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