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The Monsignor Francis X. Schweitzer Scholarship

Cristo Rey Columbus High School Announces The Monsignor Francis X. Schweitzer Scholarship for Student Success

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Cristo Rey Columbus High School, a new Catholic school currently located in Franklinton, has announced the creation of the school’s first scholarship fund, named in honor of its benefactor, Monsignor Francis X. Schweitzer.

Monsignor Schweitzer served as pastor at Holy Family Church in Franklinton for twenty-four years, and continued to say daily Mass at the church until shortly before his death in 2013. His ministry focused on education, as well as services for veterans, the poor and the homeless.

“The education of children was of utmost importance to Monsignor Schweitzer.  He realized the significance of its role in breaking the cycle of poverty,” said Edward F. Flahive, Monsignor Schweitzer’s nephew.

In establishing the scholarship fund, Jim Foley, President of Cristo Rey Columbus High School, said Monsignor Schweitzer was an inspiring example of the church’s mission to feed the hungry and serve the poor.  Foley acknowledged Msgr. Schweitzer’s lifelong dedication to those who needed a helping hand.  “We are grateful for this generous gift that will help Cristo Rey Columbus in its own mission to serve those in need by providing a quality Catholic college preparatory education to families that could not otherwise afford it,” said Foley.