1960 was a defining point in history. The US enters the Vietnam War, and John F Kennedy becomes the 35th President of the United States. Chubby Checker and The twist start a new dance craze. Aluminum cans are used for the first time. The classic suspenseful horror film “Psycho” premiered in New York City. The classic American novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee was published. John XXIII was the Pope and Saint John the Evangelist Catholic School opened its door in Warrenton, Virginia.
Under the direction of Rev. Robert O’Kane and the school’s first teachers, Sisters Mary Antoinette and Mary Magdeline, we opened in September 1960 as a co-ed Elementary School. Growing in spiritual and financial support, in 1987, with the help of Fr. Philip Majka and Sisters Joanne, Carmelita, and Annamae oversaw the construction of our new school, which relocated on campus where it still stands today. As we have grown and changed with the times, we remain committed to our mission of providing a Christ-centered atmosphere that recognizes the God-given gifts inherent within each child on the journey to spiritual and academic excellence.
We wish to recognize this monumental achievement in a celebration of Mass, Sunday, January 31 at 10:45 am Catholic Schools Week 2021. This Mass will be held in honor of Saint John School families, alumni, and all who have supported us on our journey. For those who are unable to attend this special Mass in person, it will be live-streamed so that all may be able to join us in celebrating.
As a part of Catholic Schools Week, Saint John School is excited to, once again, partner with FACTS and the NCEA to be part of Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools. We encourage you to help our school achieve its goal this year of $5000.00 by participating on Tuesday, February 2, 2021! This giving day provides the opportunity for our alumni and community to help us continue to provide an excellent academic education rooted in our faith and one that encourages its students to serve others while growing in the image of Christ. Every gift, no matter how small, will make a difference and is greatly appreciated. All funds will directly benefit our students and facility. For more information about our school or to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact us at 540-347-2458.
“Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth”— Saint John the Evangelist