History of Pope Francis Global Academy
4 Parishes, 2 Campuses, 1 School
This collaborative effort among our four founding member schools and parishes was designed to deliver an experience of academic excellence, while growing the Catholic presence among our communities. The planning process consisted of three teams of people – local/school/church community members, regional educational and thought leaders/representatives, and Archdiocesan staff/consultants – working together to evaluate, analyze and make recommendations on the model and structure of our new school, Pope Francis Global Academy.
The four founding member schools and sponsoring parishes are: Our Lady of Victory, St. Cornelius, St. Pascal and St. Tarcissus.
Pope Francis Global Academy School Identity
Pope Francis Global Academy colors are maroon and gold, both of which are reflective of our patron, Pope Francis. Maroon is often used as a Jesuit school symbol and Gold is a Papal color.
Our school mascot is the Wolf, derived from a beautiful legend about St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis’ namesake, and the Wolf of Gubbio. The wolf had attacked some villagers and the mayor asked Francis of Assisi for help as he was known to have an ability to talk to animals. Francis of Assisi met with the wolf, who explained he was injured and hungry and unable to travel with his pack. After prayer and contemplation, Francis of Assisi returned to the village with the wolf and told the people, “He has the same needs as you and only wants to eat and not go hungry. Can the people of Gubbio feed him if he promises to never again take the lives of the people and their animals? Remember, our Savior taught forgiveness. He taught us to love our enemies.”
The village ultimately forgave the wolf and provided him food. Thereafter, he protected the village of Gubbio and all its' people.
As a "pack animals", wolves work together as a team for the betterment of the whole. They are loyal and committed to the success of the group because they recognize the importance and value of each and every member. Communication and collaboration are key skills that wolves utilize to find success together. This is a wonderful model for our students and our community as we work to become one "pack" with big goals for the entire group.