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Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton marks 10th year

  • Trinity Catholic Academy students sing during the Mass at St. Edith Stein Church to mark the 10th anniversary of the academy. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • Cardinal O’Malley and Father Joseph K. Raeke are pictured with sisters from religious orders that staffed Brockton Catholic schools for decades. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • Jack Connors, chairman of the Campaign for Catholic Schools, recalls the history of the founding of Trinity Catholic Academy at the reception following the anniversary Mass. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)

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BROCKTON -- It's been 10 years since Trinity Catholic Academy (TCA) in Brockton first opened its doors, a milestone the school celebrated on Ascension Thursday, May 25, with a special Mass presided by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley.

Held at St. Edith Stein Church, which neighbors TCA's lower campus, the anniversary Mass saw a number of students of the pre-K to 8th grade school attend, as well as their family members and TCA teachers and staff. Also in attendance were a number of religious sisters representing the five orders that staffed Brockton's original Catholic schools as well as several benefactors and organizers of the original effort to form the academy.

The first project of what was then called The 2010 Initiative, the academy was formed in 2007 from the three Catholic schools remaining in Brockton at the time -- St. Casimir, St. Edward and Sacred Heart. All three schools were located within a mile of each other and all were at risk of closing due to low enrollment and limited financial resources.

In an effort to preserve Catholic education in the city, the three schools were consolidated into one academy with two campuses utilizing the former St. Edward's and St. Colman's school buildings, which were completely renovated by Suffolk Construction in less than a year.

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