In order to fully appreciate the history of St. Ann Catholic Elementary School in Ancaster, it is important to recognize the history of the school's parish church, St. Ann's Parish. St. Ann's Parish originally became a mission church in 1949, under the guidance of Reverend J.A. Noonan. Father Noonan constructed a little wooden church on a two-acre lot on the north-west corner of Wilson Street West and Fiddlers Green Road in Ancaster.
The first resident priest of St. Ann's Parish was the Reverend William J. Loftus, who came to the parish in 1952 and constructed the present edifice. Father Loftus completed building the first section of St. Ann's School and it was officially opened on October 11, 1953. A second section was added to the school as well as a gymnasium in 1956. A major addition was later completed to the existing building in 1995. With much hard work and cooperation from parishioners, Father Loftus set to work building the Senior School on Jerseyville Road West in Ancaster.
By 1963, with the parish growing, the Senior School required a four room addition. All this hard work as well as Father Loftus' increasingly ill health had taken its toll, and the beloved pastor passed away on December 11, 1964. Two months after his death, the addition to the Senior School was completed and it was renamed "Father Loftus School".
St Ann (our patron Saint and current school namesake), and St. Joachim were the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of Jesus. As a school community, we ask St. Ann, through our prayers, to bring us closer to Jesus and Mary. At St. Ann's School, we strive to help every child to be the best that they can be. This is done in an environment which has our Lord Jesus at its centre. Our families and the St. Ann's Parish community work in a spirit of cooperation, with the school, to help our students grow in faith.
As we continue to grow in faith, knowledge, and imagination, we embrace our history celebrating the gift of Catholic Education.
Our school's Principals....
Founding Principals, Sisters of Mount Mary Immaculate 1953-1958
Ed Lunny / Estelle Kennedy 1958-1964 at Fr Loftus
John Kaposy 1964-1969
Chris Darcy 1969-1971
Arthur Thompson 1971-1976
Sam Galante 1976-1981
Thomas Mancini 1981-1986
Michael Gough 1986-1990
Peggy Hunter 1990-1994
Wayne Brown 1994-2000
Gus Hubbard 2000-2008
Michael Goffredo 2009-2012
Kerry McNamara 2012-2015
Teresa Nocciolino 2015-2021
Charlie Agro 2021- present
One of our goals for 2021-2022 is to collect memories of our history. We are looking for any pictures from the past... alumni, school events, and stories of our history.
Check out the link of the 60th anniversary...https://modehospitality.ca/memories-of-st- ...
Please contact the school via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
to share any pictures.
Thank you in advance.