Kolbe Academy, the Diocese of Allentown’s highschool for college students recovering from substance abuse, will transfer this summer time to Tub from Bethlehem.
The varsity, primarily based now on the St. Francis Middle in Bethlehem, will transfer to the previous Sacred Coronary heart Faculty in Tub, in accordance with a joint announcement made by John Petruzzelli, Kolbe’s principal, and Father Christopher Butera, pastor of Sacred Coronary heart.
“I do know we will probably be mutually supportive and uplifting to one another,” Father Butera mentioned within the assertion. “The mission of Kolbe Academy is one which I not solely strongly consider in and our parish welcomes, however I consider additionally conforms in a really stunning means with Our Lord’s Sacred Coronary heart that all the time gives hope, consolation and therapeutic for many who belief in Him.”
Petruzzelli informed 69 Information final 12 months that Kolbe was looking for a brand new dwelling. One other faculty will transfer into the St. Francis Middle. Kolbe checked a number of websites earlier than selecting Tub.
“The relocation committee needed to verify we did our due diligence to safe a location that may meet our wants and share in our ministry,” Petruzzelli mentioned. “We consider Sacred Coronary heart in Tub will do exactly that.”
Father Butera has invited Kolbe to carry its June commencement at Sacred Coronary heart Church.
Petruzelli mentioned in December that Kolbe has had about 10 college students or extra every year since opening in 2019, with a aim of 30. The varsity’s tuition is about $15,000 per 12 months however fundraising and donations permit Kolbe to supply monetary help.
Kolbe, the nation’s first Catholic faith-based highschool, began from scratch, with no constructing, no cash and no college students, Petruzzelli mentioned earlier. Beneficiant donors and the help of parishes and the Knights of Columbus have helped this system develop.
Kolbe college students will tour the brand new location quickly, and the method of making ready for courses within the fall begins instantly.