HISTORY

Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School

Opened its doors as a new regional school within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on September 5, 2012.  The school was established with the merging of two parish schools in Havertown, Annunciation BVM and St. Denis and includes students from other nearby parish communities that no longer have parish schools.  The fathers and mothers of Cardinal Foley students are unified in their commitment to provide their children with a Catholic education and have shown this commitment through the volunteer work they do to:

  • Maintain the school facilities
  • Beautify the campus
  • Assist teachers in the classroom
  • Assist and supervise students during lunches and recesses
  • Instrumentally accompany the students during prayer services and Masses
  • Promote the school through abundant marketing opportunities
  • Fundraise to support technology advancement, academic programming and provide for the ongoing need of updated educational resources

With the merging of many Catholic parish schools to form regional schools, Cardinal Foley was staffed with highly qualified and experienced teachers and aides from the various closed parish schools.  Throughout the summer months the newly formed CF faculty met regularly to prepare curriculum, establish common procedures, define pertinent policies, order instructional resources and prepare classrooms for a timely and well organized opening on September 5th.

The establishment of a number of regional schools was the recommendation of a group of professionals known as The Blue Ribbon Commission and determining a new name for each new school was required.  Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School was the decided name in honor of a man who lived a virtuous life, fully committed to God and exemplified the term, “life-long learner”!

 Cardinal John Foley’s Life:

  • Was born in nearby Darby, PA
  • Raised in Sharon Hill, PA
  • The only son to John Edward and Regina (Vogt) Foley
  • Received degrees from
  • Holy Spirit School, Sharon Hill
  • St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia
  • St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia
  • St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1958, BS in Philosophy
  • University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1964, a licentiate degree in Philosophy
  • University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1965, a doctorate cum laude in 1965 from the (Angelicum) with a dissertation on “Natural Law, Natural Right and the Warren Court”
  • Columbia University, New York In 1966, a Master of Science in Journalism magna cum laud
  • Holds many honorary degrees
  • St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, 1985
  • Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, 1990
  • Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. in 1996
  • Assumption College, Worcester, MA in 1997
  • Regis University, Denver, CO in 1998
  • John Cabot University, Rome in 1998
  • University of Portland, Oregon in 2007
  • Was ordained a priest on May 19, 1962
  • Was assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Havertown
  • In 1963, became assistant editor of The Catholic Standard and Times
  • Was assigned to graduate study in Rome, where he also served as Rome correspondent of the newspaper from 1963 until 1965 during the second and third sessions of the Second Vatican Council
  • Ordained an Archbishop in 1984
  • Named President of the Council of Administration of the Vatican Television Center in Rome
  • Was a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America from 1984-1989
  • Was a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture
  • Received many awards in Journalism
  • Was made:
    • Knight Commander with Grand Cross, Order of the Northern Star, Kingdom of Sweden in 1991
    • Knight Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in 1991
    • Commander with Grand Cross in the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins of the Republic of Chile in 1996
    • Commander with Grand Cross in the Order of Libertador General San Martin of the Republic of Argentina in 2003
    • Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007
    • Chaplain with Grand Cross, Sovereign Military Order of Malta.