St. John Vianney, Goodyear, Ariz., is a Holy Cross school celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It was founded by Rev. Joseph V. Corpora, C.S.C., now Director of University-School Partnerships at the Alliance for Catholic Education and Coordinator of the Latino Student Ministry at the University of Notre Dame.
Fr. Corpora was the school’s first principal. He convinced the Diocese of Phoenix to build a school at one of its poorest parishes that would serve a largely Hispanic population. St. John Vianney opened as a preschool in 1992 and then became a full elementary school. Fr. Corpora lead the school for 10 years, leaving it debt-free and with an endowment.
The school had a benefit auction and dinner Feb. 1 and Fr. Corpora was honored and returned as the keynote speaker.
You can read the full story about St. John Vianney’s 20th anniversary in the Catholic Sun online.