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BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. FRANCIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

St. Francis DeSales began in a two-room educational center in a residence on McLane Avenue. A lay teacher, Miss Sterbutsal, who became Sister M. Isabelle of the Sisters of St. Joseph, was in charge of the first school. In October, 1915, under the pastorate of the Reverend Peter Flynn and through the interest of Mr. Joseph Falter, the Ursuline Sisters were brought from Louisville, Kentucky, to Morgantown. This was during the administration of Reverend Mother M. Angela, Superior of the Ursuline Order. Until 1918, the Sisters, under the leadership of their principal, Sister M. Isadore, continued to hold classes in the residence at McLane Avenue. St. Francis was then moved from Seneca to the new building on Beechhurst Avenue. On June 9, 1990, St. Francis School was moved to Birch Street in Evansdale. Fifteen years later a new building was erected on the outskirts of Morgantown, and the school moved to the present location on Guthrie Lane in January, 2006. Now students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade enjoy the lovely, scenic hilltop surroundings.


PATRON SAINT OF ST. FRANCIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Feast Day: January 24

St. Francis deSales was born in Thorens, Savoy, in 1567. He was educated in Paris, France. There he became so devoted to the Blessed Mother that he took a vow of chastity and devoted himself to her service. After becoming a doctor of law in Padua, he entered the priesthood and was ordained in 1593. In 1602, he became Bishop of Geneva. He and St. Jane DeChantal established the Visitation Order, the purposes of which were teaching and the care of the sick. His most popular work is An Introduction to a Devout Life. St. Francis was known for his gentleness.

Go courageously to do whatever you are called to do. If you have any fears, Go simply, say to your soul: "The Lord will provide for us." If your weakness troubles you, cast yourselves on God, and trust in Him. The apostles were mostly unlearned fishermen, but God gave them learning enough for the work they had to do. Trust in him, depend on his providence: fear nothing. St. Francis de Sales

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