Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. was the main celebrant and homilist at Archbishop Ryan High School’s
50th Anniversary Closing Mass. Several priests who are Archbishop Ryan Alumni as well as neighboring parish priests from Northeast Philadelphia concelebrated the Mass with Archbishop Chaput.
Those present and participating in the liturgy included the Archbishop Ryan student body, faculty, and staff, as well religious sisters serving the school community, along with administrators from the Office of Catholic Education and Faith in the Future, as well as Presidents and Principals from the 16 other Archdiocesan high Schools.
Archbishop Ryan High School opened its doors in Northeast Philadelphia during the 1966-67 school year. When it first opened, Archbishop Ryan was divided into two schools with separate administration and faculties, Archbishop Ryan High School for Boys and Archbishop Ryan High School for Girls. The first graduation was held in 1969. In 1989 the boys and girls schools merged into a coeducational high school with a unified faculty and administration.
Mrs. Denise LePera, President of Archbishop Ryan High School said, “We are thrilled to be celebrating 50 years of Catholic education at Archbishop Ryan High School. We are grateful to Archbishop Chaput for joining with us in closing out this anniversary year by celebrating the Holy Mass for our community at this moment in our rich history.
Our students, faculty, and staff can take pride in several accomplishments including a 95% college attendance rate, over 26 million dollars in college scholarships for the Class of 2016 and anticipate equally impressive numbers for Class of 2017, 11 AP Courses including Advanced Writing and Mathematics, and a Literacy Initiative for Excellence in Partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, among many other academic and extracurricular highlights.
We are equipping saints for this life and the next and we couldn’t be more proud to celebrate 50 years as an institution of Catholic Education in Northeast Philadelphia and look to more exciting developments for our school community in the future.”
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