About Us


Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School is a Roman Catholic co-educational school of the Archdiocese of Miami, following the tradition of Catholic youth formation and the motto of the school’s namesake, “Manere in Dilectione Christi” – “To abide in the love of Christ.” In its persons, programs and procedures its mission reflects the enlivened message of the gospel values and the teaching ministry of the Church. As the word “Catholic” means universal, so too are all members of this educational community-students, parents and faculty-part of the body and image of God. It is the school’s sacred trust to provide a varied program of religious experiences, educational offerings, athletic programs, social and cultural opportunities and community service encounters that will provide a foundation upon which the individual recognizes one’s personal relationship with community and Church.

(D.D., S.T.D., J.C.D., M.A.)

Archbishop John C. Favalora selected the name of this new school to be Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School in honor of the contributions made to the Roman Catholic community, including education, by Archbishop McCarthy. Archbishop McCarthy was born on April 10, 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio and was given eternal rest on June 6, 2005. He was one of five siblings, four of whom chose the religious life. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1943 and became Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati in 1965 and was appointed the First Bishop of Phoenix, Arizona in 1969. The Archbishop became the co-adjudicator Archbishop of Miami in 1976 and assumed leadership of the Archdiocese of Miami in 1977 upon the death of Archbishop Coleman Carroll. Archbishop McCarthy graduated from the St. Gregory Seminary and Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Norwood, Ohio. He earned a Doctorate of Canon Law, summa cum laude, from the Appolinare, the School of Canon Law at the Lateran University, (Rome 1947). The Archbishop also earned a Doctorate of Sacred Theology degree, magna cum laude, from the Angelicum University (Rome, 1948) and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Athenaeum of Ohio. Highlights of Archbishop McCarthy’s ministry in the Archdiocese of Miami includes the establishment of a family enrichment center, Office of Lay Ministry and a Permanent Diaconate program. He also issued “Pastoral Guidelines for Marriage Preparation”, established an Office of Evangelization, dedicated Pierre Toussaint Haitian Catholic Center, traveled to Cuba, ordained the first black priest in the Archdiocese, dedicated the new Pastoral Center in Miami Shores, presided over the creation of the two new Florida dioceses, called for the first-ever Archdiocesan Synod, vigorously opposed abortion, the death penalty and restrictive immigration policies, created a new agency now known as the Catholic Health Services, welcomed Pope John Paul II to South Florida, established Genesis I for homeless AIDS patients and began Radio Peace. Archbishop McCarthy has also written over twenty Pastoral Letters.