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Innovative Catholic High School Coming to Mullen Hall

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Oct 01 2018
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The Diocese of Allentown hosted a news conference on September 6, 2018, about it’s plans to establish a special Catholic high school for young people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Kolbe Academy will open in September 2019 in Mullen Hall, at the former St. Francis Academy in Bethlehem, Pa.

The diocese approached the School Sisters of St. Francis earlier this year about renting Mullen Hall for the program, which is the first Catholic recovery high school in the United States and only the second recovery high school in Pennsylvania. 

The school will welcome students in grades 9-12 who have completed a rehabilitation program, are 30 days clean of drugs and alcohol and who are committed to continuing their recovery.

The school is named after St. Maximilian Kolbe, the patron saint of those with addiction. The surrounding Northampton and Lehigh Counties had 306 drug-related deaths in 2017, a marked increase from the previous year. Since the academy will serve a pressing, unmet societal need, our Provincial Council approved the lease of Mullen Hall for the school, explains Sister Frances Marie Duncan.

Before the deal was finalized, the diocese hosted a town hall meeting for residents of Bridle Path Road and the neighboring Traditions of America homes. Although there were a few naysayers, most feedback was positive, and many commended our sisters for their willingness to host this important ministry.

Last changed: Oct 01 2018 at 12:59 PM

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