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School History

Established 1948

On September 21, 1948, Saint Eugene’s opened its parochial school. The enrollment was 300 children in grades one through six. On December 19, 1948, the doors of the school were opened to welcome the parishioners for an Open House.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet were given charge of Saint Eugene’s School. Approximately two years later, the convent for the Sisters was built at 9617 South Van Ness Avenue.

On the afternoon of Sunday, January 23, 1949, Reverend Timothy Manning, Auxiliary Bishop, blessed the school in the presence of 700 proud parishioners.

Our Patron Saint

St. Eugene

St. Eugene, a Roman of the first ecclesiastical region of the city, was the son of Rufinianus. He was from an aristocratic family and was a man of conciliatory disposition. He was a cleric from his earliest years, distinguished for his gentleness, sanctity and generosity. He was consecrated Pope on August 10, 654, after his predecessor, St. Martin I, was carried off from Rome and kept in exile until his death because he would not submit to Byzantine dictation in the matter of Monothelitism, the view that Jesus Christ has two natures but only one will (as opposed to both a human and a divine will).

One of the first acts of the new pope was to send legates to Constantinople with letters to the Monothelite Emperor Constans II, informing him of his election, and presenting a profession of his faith. Eugene soon asserted his independence from the Emperor by refusing demands that he acknowledge Peter as Patriarch of Constantinople and that he allow toleration of the Monothelites. Eugene consecrated 21 bishops for different parts of the world. He died in Rome on June 2 and was buried in St. Peter’s. In the Roman Martyrology he is reckoned among the saints of that day.