Rev. Matthew Libra, St. Rose Catholic Church administrator, said the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade elementary school known as Archbishop Howard School since 1986 has been restored to its original name from its 1913 founding by Sisters of the Holy Child.
“The school was always the primary mission of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church,” Rev. Libra said, “so it’s only natural that our ‘family’ should share the same name.”
Bringing parish and school campus together under a shared name is a clear and visible sign of unity, he added.
In addition to legal and communication transitions, new signage is scheduled to be installed on the school building at 5309 N.E. Alameda St. beginning the week of August 9.
St. Rose School principal Karen Asbury began her 20-year tenure with the school in 1996, ten years after the name change from St. Rose School.
“Back then, consolidating St. Rose and St. Charles schools and changing the name was a difficult decision in many ways, but it made sense,” Asbury said. “Today we believe this is the right time to restore our historical name, and we’re confident it will contribute directly to the growth and health of our school and church family.”
As of mid-July, at least 215 students were enrolled at St. Rose School.