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Montini Catholic High School was named for Pope Paul VI, whose name was Giovanni Battista Montini (John Baptist Montini). Pope Paul IV was elected to the Papacy on June 21, 1963, which was the same year that the Christian Brothers decided to build a school in Lombard, Illinois. The Pope was a brilliant, deeply spiritual, gentle and reserved man. It is these qualities that Montini Catholic High School aspires to instill in its students.
In September of 1966, Montini Catholic High School opened its doors to 217 freshmen. The first commencement exercises were held on June 1, 1970. Since then, Montini Catholic has graduated more than 6,000 students, over 98% of whom have gone on to college.
Brief History of the Christian Brothers
The Christian Brothers were established in France in 1682 by John Baptist de Lasalle, a French cleric, as a Religious Order dedicated to education. During the 330 years since then, the Christian Brothers have never lost sight of that singular mission, even as the organization has grown to include secondary schools, colleges, and universities in more than 80 countries. John Baptist DeLasalle was declared a saint by Pope Leo XIII in 1900 and was named Patron Saint of All Christian Teachers by Pope Pius XII in 1950.
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