The Future of Pope Francis High School

Choosing a high school is one of the most important decisions in a young person’s life. At Pope Francis High School, we hold firmly to the mission of our legacy schools, Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School, to educate students with strong academics, faith, values and service. These pillars of excellence form the foundation of life for Pope Francis High School students, both inside and outside of school.

As students start their futures at Pope Francis High School, the school itself is looking ahead to its future. With the support of Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic alumni, faculty and staff, the Transitional Advisory Committee and Building Committee of Pope Francis High School worked diligently to ensure a smooth transition for Pope Francis High School students. We are committed to cultivating and growing this community of support so we can increase and improve our academic and extracurricular offerings, enhance our technologies and construct our new facility.

Construction Update

February 2017

Five months into the project, seasonal temperatures and precipitation continue to exert moderate impacts on progress. Most notably, in the form of cold weather protection means and methods. While snow accumulations to date are approximately 5 inches less than ‘normal’, nevertheless, cold weather protection and consistently colder overnight temperatures have resulted in more time to complete the same work. Despite the inevitable delays; excavation, forming and pouring for concrete footings, piers and walls continues ahead of erection of structural steel commenced on the 17th of last month. Many integral events continue to take place, as evidenced in the following progress milestones:


  • Completion of Lower Level footings, walls and piers
  • Continuation of First Floor footings, walls and piers
  • Continuation of Structural Steel Erection and installation of steel floor and roof deck
  • Coordination of Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection and Plumbing systems
  • Installation of Underground Electrical Conduit

Construction: Photos

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Community leaders and state and local officials joined Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski and the administration, faculty and staff of Pope Francis High School on Sept. 18, 2016 to celebrate the start of construction on a state-of-the-art regional Catholic high school in the East Forest Park section of Springfield.

Diocesan representatives and local dignitaries who took part in the groundbreaking included Sr. M. Andrea Ciszewski, FSSJ, superintendent of schools; Sr. Maxyne Schneider, SSJ, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield; Michele D’Amour, chairperson of the school’s board of directors; Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno; Congressman Richard E. Neal; Sen. Eric Lesser; Michael Knapik, representing Gov. Charlie Baker; Timothy Allen, Ward 7 Springfield City Councilor, and Bud Williams, Springfield City Councilor At Large.