There will be a new Catholic school opened in Baltimore, Md., for the first time in decades, and when that happens the city will name it after Servant of God Mother Mary Lange, an African American nun who also founded the first Catholic school for black children.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced its intentions last week, noting that Mother Lange also is being reviewed for canonization, and could become the first ever black American saint, the Baltimore Sun reports.
“One can’t tell the history of the Catholic school system in this country without mentioning Mother Mary Lange,” Archbishop William E. Lori said in a statement.
Mother Mary Lange Catholic School will be built, perhaps aptly, along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
“She was a visionary woman of deep faith and recognized the life-changing role of education in the lives of children, most especially those living on society’s margins,” Lori added, according to the Catholic News Agency.