Archbishop William E. Lori broke ground on Mother Mary Lange Catholic School Oct. 23 in Baltimore. Watch footage from the historic event and get a sneak peak inside the soon-to-be built school by clicking play on the accompanying videos. Mother Mary Lange Catholic School opens in September 2021!
Archbishop William E. Lori led an Oct. 23 groundbreaking ceremony for Mother Lange Catholic School — the first new Catholic elementary school to be built in Baltimore City in nearly six decades.
The school is named in honor of Mother Mary Lange, founder of the Baltimore-based Oblate Sisters of Providence (the first religious community of women of African-American descent) and St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore (the first Catholic school in the United States for children of color).
“One can’t tell the history of the Catholic School system in this country without mentioning Mother Mary Lange,” Archbishop Lori said. “She was a visionary woman of deep faith and recognized the life-changing role of education in the lives of children, most especially those living on society’s margins.”
The new pre-K-8th grade school will be erected on a tract of city-owned land along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (between Lexington and Saratoga Streets), near downtown Baltimore.
Mother Mary Lange Catholic School will be the new home for current students of Holy Angels Catholic School, located on the campus of the former Seton Keough High School in Southwest Baltimore and Ss. James and John Catholic School, located in the Johnston Square neighborhood of East Baltimore.
More than $19.5 million has already been raised toward a $23.9 million fundraising goal. $19 million of the funds raised is designated for the capital project and $500,000 is earmarked for scholarships. The Archdiocese of Baltimore is also seeking to endow two $2.5 million funds each for operating expenses, ensuring the integrity and maintenance of the building and support for tuition grants and aid.
Mother Mary Lange Catholic School will open in Fall 2021.
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