Celebrating the sacrifices and dedications for Catholic Education
- 138 years of Catholic Education in L/A & the 75th Anniversary of St. Dom's -
“Thank you to all teachers: educating is an important mission, which draws young people to what is good, beautiful and true.”- Pope Francis
For over 230 years, Catholic schools have been institutions with a solid reputation for being a vital resource in the formation and education of young people in the United States.
In the Lewiston, Auburn and surrounding areas, the need for Catholic education has been equally important since 1878. Throughout the years, local parishes, priests, and religious orders recognized the need for Catholic elementary schools as their communities grew larger. They responded by establishing many institutions including: College of St. Paul, Asylum of Notre Dame of Lourdes, Dominican Block, Healy Asylum for Boys, St. Joseph Orphanage for Girls, Holy Cross, Holy Family, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph’s, St. Louis, St. Mary’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Peter’s, St. Bernadette, Ave Marie Academy, Cours Superieurs, Our Lady of the Rosary, and Trinity Catholic.
These organizations would not have been able to fulfill their mission without the dedicated educators who generously shared their knowledge and talents with every student.  The Religious orders that answered the call of Education Ministry in our community were: Sisters of Charity (Saint Hyacinthe) Congregation of Notre Dame (Montreal), Marists Brothers, Notre Dame de Sion, Little Franciscan of Mary, Dominican Sisters, Sisters of Mercy, Ursulines, Sisters of St. Joseph, Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Sisters of the Presentation, and the many lay teachers who followed. They were all instrumental in guiding students through such lessons as science, mathematics, languages, art, history, as well as virtue, values and religious beliefs.
One of those visionaries, a Dominican pastor, Rev. Herve Drouin, O.P., wanted to continue the Catholic education at the high school level in Lewiston and Auburn. He gained the support of the area parishes, and in 1941, St. Dominic High School was established. By 1968, the school became St. Dominic Regional High School to expand its educational ministry throughout the Diocese of Portland, Maine. By 2010, the needs of the community changed again and the school decided to embrace the area students from Pre-K through eighth grade. The name was changed to Saint Dominic Academy to reflect the merging of all Catholic education under one administrative umbrella.
Donald Fournier, President of Saint Dominic Academy, has said, “All of our original Catholic schools founded by individual parishes taught that belief in God is the essential component from which all else flows. These early schools promoted faith in such a way that no matter what the economic situation, hope and love would always prevail. The faith that our earliest founders taught and practiced lives on to this day and is an integral reason why our school continues to thrive.”
This year, St. Dom’s would like to celebrate its 75th Anniversary by saying thank you to all the men and women who dedicated their lives to teaching and for being coaches, moderators, and facilitators to so many students.  We have assembled a commemorative History Book to recognize all of you who, through your dedication and service, have made Saint Dominic Academy the center of excellence that exists today.

Click here to view our 75th Anniversary Commemorative History Book