York Catholic District School Board names new virtual school
'This new school marks an important step in offering a remote-learning, virtual-school option for students, as directed by the Ministry of Education and supported by the YCDSB,' director of education says
May 12, 2022
A new virtual school has been added to the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) community. Families were given the opportunity to vote on a new name and the overwhelming choice was St. Teresa of Calcutta.
“This new school marks an important step in offering a remote-learning, virtual-school option for students, as directed by the Ministry of Education and supported by the YCDSB” said Domenic Scuglia, Director of Education. There are currently around 400 students registered for virtual learning during the 2022-23 school year.
The principal at St. Teresa of Calcutta will be Vince Galea. Principal Galea has been with the YCDSB for 15 years, five of which have been as an administrator, and he currently serves as Principal for St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy in Woodbridge.
The Board of Trustees of the YCDSB also expressed unanimous support for the school name. “As one of the most revered modern day Catholic Saints, it makes sense to recognize St. Teresa of Calcutta as we work with diligence and commitment to serve the needs of our newest school community,” said Board Chair Elizabeth Crowe.
About St. Teresa of Calcutta
St. Teresa of Calcutta was moved to pursue missionary work from a young age. After receiving the name Sister Mary Teresa, she taught at St. Mary’s School for Girls in Calcutta, where she eventually became Principal.
Sister Teresa made her final Profession of Vows in 1937 and from that time on she was called Mother Teresa. As a “call within a call,” Mother Teresa was asked by Jesus to establish a religious community dedicated to the service of the poorest of the poor.
Mother Teresa received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her tireless service. At the time of her death in 1997, her Missionaries of Charity, established in 1950, had more than 4,000 Sisters and operated in 123 countries.This remarkable woman left a testament of unshakable faith, invincible hope and extraordinary charity. She was canonized by Pope Francis in 2016.