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Dedication of St. Boniface, Breslau

The blessing and dedication ceremony of the new St. Boniface Catholic Elementary School in Breslau was on Thursday, October 21 at 4:30 p.m. Staff, special guests and invited visitors participated in a liturgy in the school’s gym. Presider for the liturgy was Most Rev. Wayne Lobsinger, with pastor Father Grayson Hope and Spiritual Animator Father Joseph de Viveros.  Special guests were Director of Education Loretta Notten, Jeanne Gravelle, Vice-chair for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Superintendent Jennifer Ritsma.  Music was performed by Rob Grundy and Shannon Penney. Principal Marylin Dawson welcomed all present before the Liturgy began. 

There had been much controversy over the new school being built in Breslau and the closing of the school in Maryhill. In January 2013 the Ministry of Education announced funding for a new school in Breslau under the Liberal McGuinty government. The Ministry funding was to build a new 250 pupil school in Breslau with no chance of updating St. Boniface in Maryhill.

The First Public Meeting was held on March 20, 2013 held at St. Boniface School with the second public meeting on April 10, 2013 at the Breslau Community Centre. May 27th 2013 the Waterloo Catholic District School Board of Trustees voted to close St. Boniface School in Maryhill and relocate to Breslau.

A peaceful protest was held on Monday, June 24th in front of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board Office on Weber Street in Kitchener but to no avail.  The New St Boniface School in Breslau opened for Staff and Students on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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