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Inaugural Mass- Blessed Peter Snow Academy Trust

Inaugural Mass- Blessed Peter Snow Academy Trust

Inaugural Mass- Blessed Peter Snow Academy Trust

Bishop Marcus joined with students and staff to celebrate the newly established Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust. Sacred Heart and St Malachy's Catholic Primary Schools together with St John Fisher High School are the first Catholic schools in the Kirklees and Calderdale areas to convert to academies. The celebration was an opportunity to recall the long history of a Catholic education in the area as the academies embark on the next stage of the journey. Bishop Marcus reminded those present of the importance of Catholic education in the mission of the Church. He recalled the words of Pope Benedict XVI when he met teachers and pupils on his visit to England in 2010, "A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints."

The Bishop thanked teachers for the significant contribution they make in forming the whole person equipping them to live life to the full and the importance of imparting wisdom not just facts.

The three schools were joined at the service by representatives from all the other Catholic schools in the area who may in time join the Trust if they wish to become academies. Blessed Peter Snow was born near Ripon and was ordained in 1591 in France. He left for England but was arrested about 1 May 1598 on his way to York and charged with treason and put to death. The relics of Blessed Peter Snow are kept in the Diocese at the Cathedral of St Anne in Leeds.