Diocese’s oldest school opens with goals, plans

FORT PIERCE | The oldest diocesan educational institute and the sole Catholic elementary school in St. Lucie County is getting off to a good start and announcing an exciting initiative that will begin next month.Dr. Kevin Hoeffner, principal of St. Anastasia, said the school will launch a joint capital campaign in October to make necessary improvements to “this beautiful campus.” Hoeffner regards St. Anastasia as his second home. He grew up in the parish and attended the school, fondly referred to by locals as “St. A.”

The campaign joining the families of the parish and school will take place over the next three years, and the vision is to raise $2.5 million to assist with paying for “needed capital improvements” to the school and parish facilities, Hoeffner said.

The theme of the campaign is “‘Together, sharing our faith, achieving our dreams.” Hoeffner said organizers have great faith that the project will be a success.

“The people involved in this flourishing Catholic community are hopeful, optimistic and filled with the Holy Spirit,” he said about the enthusiasm setting the tone as the campaign is set to begin.