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ONLY ON 3: Bishop says Catholic high school plans moving forward

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- For years a lot of folks in the Cape Fear have wanted a Catholic high school for the area. We learned today those plans are moving forward.

Bishop Michael Burbidge today announced plans to build a new cathedral in Raleigh. Also during his news conference, he said a new high school in the Wilmington area looks promising.

Bishop Burbidge says the more than 30 ministries in the diocese are looking for opportunities to expand their presence and outreach. He says one opportunity to do that is building a high school in our area.

It would mean students at the area's Catholic schools would be able to continue their parochial education beyond the elementary and middle school levels.

"This has been under way for a while now," Burbidge said. "It is a possible high school in the Cape Fear area, and we, with the help of a great leadership team there also, we are moving closer to that being a reality. It's not an announcement. It's nothing definitive, but we are making great, great progress."

A meeting about the high school is planned tomorrow at 7 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Castle Hayne. That's when organizers and interested families will discuss the need to get pre-enrollment started.

Once the diocese has a firm number of students and families interested in going to the school, they can launch the project.

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