In the year 1872 in the quiet Rose Art City of Norwich, St. Patrick Cathedral pastor, Reverend Patrick A. Shahan, decided that it was time to serve the young parishioners of the church. In the same year an academy opened which later became a free school in 1882. The school cornerstone may still be seen. The school first opened in 1883 with an enrollment of 650 students with 12 sisters serving as the faculty. (A principal’s dream today would be half that many students!) The Sisters of Mercy served St. Patrick School unselfishly in the name, not only of academics, but of Jesus Christ, creating a permanent foundation of faith to carry students into their futures as disciples of Christ and good citizens in their communities.
Today, with an enrollment of 163 students for the past school year, St. Patrick Cathedral School has celebrated the graduation of its 134th graduating class. Students come from a range of diverse backgrounds, religions and cultures.
The students engage in a rigorous academic program rooted in a foundation of faith. The school mission states that the St. Patrick School community is dedicated to providing students with a Christ-centered education that encompasses a challenging academic program with a strong moral foundation based on Gospel values. School staff members are committed to providing students with the skills necessary to be lifelong learners while respecting their spiritual, intellectual and emotional differences. This message holds true since its 1882 opening.
Recently a graduate of the school sent this message, “It’s been a good year at [high school], but it’s not the same without you and our teachers. I’d like to come by and say hi, and look forward to seeing you and our teachers.” This is a very common theme among feedback from our graduates, as is, “We’re glad we learned that here.” Our students regularly are in the top third of their classes no matter where they attend high school. We are proud to carry on the traditions set by the Sisters of Mercy and look forward to graduating well-prepared classes to step into the world ahead of them, remembering it is St. Patrick School that got them started, St. Patrick School who first loved them and St. Patrick School from which they are graduates. We are here always to welcome them back. They come to see that it is here their foundation was formed with success in mind for their future. Congratulations to ALL St. Patrick Cathedral School graduates.
St. Patrick Cathedral School is located at 211 Broadway, Norwich. For more information, call 860-889-4174 or visit st-patrickschoolnorwich.org.