Montrose School breaks ground on new Medfield campus

Montrose school student government officers, Laura Smith, Gabrielle Rex, Bridget Baker, and Helen Keefe are pictured at the Sept. 8 groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s new Medfield location.?? Pilot photo/ Seana Murphy Dorich

MEDFIELD — On Sept. 8, Montrose School broke ground at the site of its new permanent campus at 29 North Street in Medfield. Montrose is an independent college preparatory school for girls, inspired by the philosophy of the Catholic Church and the teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva. More than 300 supporters attended, including parents, students, alumnae and friends.

The event was monumental for Montrose School, which has rented space since its founding 27 years ago. Throughout the years, Montrose has moved from Brookline to Westwood, and most recently to Natick, where the school rents a building from St. Patrick Parish. Currently, 131 students attend grades 6 through 12.

The school expects to move into its new home by January 2007. Head of School, Dr. Karen Bohlin, explained the excitement over planting the school’s roots in Medfield.

“Being nestled in the center of Med-field will allow our students and their families access to shops, restaurants, library, cultural opportunities and other services so important to a school community,” she said. “We are looking forward to building relationships with our neighbors and collaborating in ways that will benefit both the town and the school.”

Founding parent G. Edward Noonan called the event “very exciting” and remarked that the town has been very friendly to its newest neighbors.

“As a founder it is thrilling to see Montrose at its permanent location after so many years, and the town of Medfield has been so warm and welcoming. The whole atmosphere tonight is great.”

The school’s new campus has a rich history in Medfield. Originally, the home of a straw-hat mill, the site more recently housed Bayer Laboratories. Montrose has hired Nauset Construction to renovate existing buildings and to create a campus complete with two athletic fields. The school’s main academic building was open for tours throughout the evening so attendees could see the progress first-hand. The school has dedicated one playing field to Father Richard Rieman, the school’s founding chaplain, who continues to be a familiar and much-loved presence at Montrose School.

Dr. Bohlin toasted the event as the school’s “second founding.” Other speakers at the event included alumna and Notre Dame graduate Meg Rowan, chairman of the board Neil Jacob, Nauset Construction president Tony Papantonis and student government president Helen Keefe.

The mission of Montrose School is to educate the whole person through integrating academic excellence and personal character development. In 1999, the school earned the prestigious National Award for Character.

Director of Development and Alumnae Relations, Deborah Zatkowski, said the move to Medfield will bolster the school’s ability to serve more students.

“As we make the move to Med-field, we’ll be able to reach out to more communities, because of our permanence,” she said.

To current families, the day marked a new and exciting era.

“I think it’s great,” said Ellen Baker, mother of Bridgett ‘07 and Diana ‘09, “It’s been worth the wait.”

Retired Green Bay auxiliary bishop failed to report abuse, withdraws from ministry

Green Bay, Wis., Sep 20, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Bishop Robert Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay, has withdrawn from public ministry saying ...

Dolan 'impatient' waiting for apostolic visitation in response to McCarrick

New York City, N.Y., Sep 20, 2018 CNA.- The Archbishop of New York said Thursday that while he has confidence in the way Pope Francis is handling the ...

Two more Chilean bishops step down in wake of abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number of bishops who have stepped down ...

Celebration of the Priesthood dinner raises over $1.8 million

BOSTON -- A record 1,700 people attended the 10th annual Celebration of the Priesthood dinner to raise funds for the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust ...

Lawrence parish helps community cope with gas explosion aftermath

LAWRENCE -- Volunteers at St. Patrick Church's Cor Unum Meal Center were serving dinner when multiple natural gas explosions and fires broke out in homes ...

Ceremony, Mass kick off St. Augustine Chapel bicentennial

SOUTH BOSTON -- St. Augustine Chapel and Cemetery began its year-long bicentennial celebration on the weekend of Sept. 14-16 with tours, special Masses, ...

Mass. Knights install new officers

The Massachusetts State Council Knights of Columbus recently held its Installation of State Officers at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Canton with ...

Deal will keep Sancta Maria Nursing Facility open

CAMBRIDGE -- Sancta Maria Nursing Facility announced Sept. 17 that it has negotiated a comprehensive operational contract with Advocate Healthcare Management ...

From Cardinal Seán's blog

As I mentioned in my preface to last week's blog, this week and last, I have been in Rome for meetings related to the work of the Pontifical Commission ...

N.Y. Archdiocese names judge as independent reviewer on abuse protocols

NEW YORK (CNS) -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan has named a former federal judge to study archdiocesan policies and procedures with respect to sexual ...

U.S. reports poverty declines, but agencies finding needs remain great

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The good news from the U.S. Census Bureau Sept. 12 was that the poverty rate dropped for the third straight year in 2017 and median ...

Class-action lawsuit filed against eight Pennsylvania dioceses

PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- A class-action lawsuit was filed Sept. 17 against eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania demanding the dioceses provide proof that ...

Apostolic visitor outlines plans for expansion at Medjugorje shrine

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- The Polish archbishop tasked with overseeing Bosnia-Herzegovina's Medjugorje shrine has outlined plans for expansion, including ...

Pope names administrator as Indian bishop investigated for alleged rape

MUMBAI, India (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the request of an Indian bishop accused of raping a nun to be relieved of his duties during the investigation. In ...

In letters to German cardinal, retired pope defends way he stepped down

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI expressed his displeasure with the way a German cardinal publicly criticized his stepping down as pontiff, ...

Thousands of Hispanics expected in Texas for Encuentro summit

Fort Worth, Texas, Sep 20, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- As many as 3,000 Catholics of Hispanic background are expected in Texas this week for the National V Encuentro, ...

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pledging to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee Sept. 19 ...

Be grateful to parents, never insult them, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Honoring mothers and fathers means being grateful for the gift of life and Christians should never insult anyone's parents, Pope ...

Canadian cardinal: Women should help screen, train priest applicants

Poznan, Poland, Sep 18, 2018 CNA.- Increasing the role of women in screening and training priests is among the steps that should be taken to prevent future ...

Vatican delegation will travel to China this month to finalize agreement, Chinese newspaper reports

Beijing, China, Sep 18, 2018 CNA.- A newspaper tied to the Chinese Communist Party reported Tuesday that a delegation of Vatican officials will head to ...

Media reporting Vatican-China agreement could be signed in late September

HONG KONG (CNS) -- The long-awaited Sino-Vatican agreement on the nomination of bishops is expected to be signed in September, reported several media ...

Update: Irish singer Bono calls pope 'extraordinary man for extraordinary times'

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Bono, the lead singer of the Irish band U2, said he told Pope Francis that in Ireland "it looks as though the abusers are being ...

Cardinal Marx says mistakes were made, calls for change in German church

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German bishops' conference, admitted that mistakes were made in the German church's handling of sex abuse of minors ...

Church crisis response: Healing Masses, listening sessions, fasting

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In response to the sexual abuse crisis in the church, Catholics are praying for victims, talking about their frustration and anger, ...

Pope names Minnesota priest as auxiliary bishop of Hartford

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed Father Juan M. Betancourt, a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, as auxiliary bishop ...

Listening church: Pope gives new vision for Synod of Bishops

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Synod of Bishops increasingly should be a structure for listening to the Catholic faithful, demonstrating a local bishop's concern ...

Director of Courage releases letter on Penn. abuse report

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2018 CNA.- Courage International, an apostolate to support people with same sex-attraction in leading chaste lives, has issued ...

Richmond bishop apologizes to victims; commits to opening, reviewing files

RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) -- In celebrating the Diocese of Richmond's first Mass of Atonement for victims of abuse Sept. 14, Bishop Barry C. Knestout apologized ...

Advocates decry historically low cap for refugee entry in 2019

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Advocates for refugee admissions into the United States decried what one statement called a historically low cap of 30,000 for fiscal ...