Mater Salvatoris issued the following press release regarding the sale and long-term land lease of Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford:
Stamford, Conn. (Nov. 11, 2020)—The Diocese of Bridgeport and Sisters of the Company of the Savior have announced a sale of Trinity Catholic High School and a long-term land lease of the campus of the former High School in Stamford as the permanent location for Mater Salvatoris College Preparatory School.
“With great joy, we move forward with this agreement, which will lead to the expansion of our presence in Stamford and a permanent location for the Mater Salvatoris College Preparatory School. The Sisters of the Company of the Savior are deeply grateful to the Diocese of Bridgeport and the ongoing support of Bishop Frank Caggiano to make this possible,” said the Order’s Mother General, Sister Mercedez Díez de Angulo.
The move to the former Trinity Catholic High School campus will allow the Sisters to accomplish their project of a Pre-K through Grade 12 School, and enable the Sisters to gradually open a high-school division.
In addition, driven by the need to serve the family as a whole, and to meet the needs in Stamford, the Sisters of the Company of the Savior are pleased to announce the opening of a boys’ division at Mater Salvatoris. Boys and girls develop and learn differently, and in order to meet their individual needs, the school will introduce a model of single-sex classrooms in a co-ed campus, starting in first grade, as enrollment makes it feasible.
Plans for the 2021-2022 school year call for the school to enroll girls from PreK-3 through fifth grade, and boys from PreK-3 through first grade. The school will add one grade level each year through Grade 12.
Bishop Frank J Caggiano said that consistent with his commitment to find the best use for the Trinity Catholic campus, the Sisters’ plan to continue the tradition of catholic education in Stamford was a major factor in his decision to move ahead with the agreement. After Trinity Catholic closed, there was a great deal of interest on the part of commercial and other interests to acquire the property.
“Our goal with regard to the future of the Trinity Catholic campus has been the preservation of Catholic education in the greater Stamford community. Many families have sacrificed and contributed to Trinity Catholic over the years, and we believe this is the best way to honor their commitment and lasting legacy while giving parents a new option for Catholic education.”
The initial proceeds from the agreement will be used to cover a portion of the significant debt incurred from the renovation and operational deficits of the former Trinity Catholic High School over the decade before it closed. Under the agreement, the balance of the funds to be paid by the Sisters will not be received by the Diocese for a number of years. As required by canon law, the sale has been submitted by the Diocese to the Vatican and approval is expected before year-end.
The Bishop said that the Sisters are working with Diocesan Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Cheeseman, to look for areas of growth and collaboration.
Mater Salvatoris school opened in Stamford in in 2018, in the former Holy Spirit School building on Scofieldtown Road and it became the seventh school that the Sisters of the Company of the Savior have founded around the world. The mission of the Schools is to accompany students from their early years until their admission to the university, seeking to nurture in each student the development of the whole person in all its dimensions.
Sister M. Maria Alguacil, C.S., Head of School, said with 20 acres of property and more than 125,000 square feet of building space, the site of the former Trinity Catholic High School meets all the needs to develop the Mater Salvatoris project—including classrooms and labs, a chapel, sports fields gymnasium and playgrounds, and an auditorium.
“In this way, the mission for which the campus was designed and built—to provide a faithful Catholic education—will continue,” said Sister Maria.
Mater Salvatoris Schools are supported by over 60 years of experience in educational excellence in Europe, North America, South America and Africa, and currently educate more than 6,000 students worldwide.
Following the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the charism of our Mother Foundress, Venerable Servant of God Maria Felix, the Sisters of the Company of the Savior offer a faithful Catholic education, student-centered learning environment, strong academic formation and experiential and active education.
On February 27, 2020, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano announced the decision to close Trinity Catholic High School in the face of mounting deficits and declining enrollment. At the time the Bishop thanked the board for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of the school, and said that he would look for ways to preserve secondary Catholic education in the future.
To learn more about Mater Salvatoris College Preparatory School and the Sisters of the Company of the Savior at stamford.matersalvatoris.org. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (203) 489-0977. The new Mater Salvatoris campus is located at 926 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, Conn.