History of the School

Trinity Academy was established in August 2006 as a pre-kindergarten to grade 6 Catholic elementary school to continue the legacy of Catholic education for the children of Upper Schuylkill County after the closing of Holy Family School, Frackville, Immaculate Heart School, Girardville, and Father Walter J. Ciszek Elementary School, Shenandoah.

The name “Trinity” was chosen for the new school to reflect the unity of three schools coming together as one. After the closing of Cardinal Brennan Junior/Senior High School at the end of the 2007 school year, Trinity Academy welcomed grades seven and eight. More recently, Trinity has also welcomed students from The Academy of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic School in Mahanoy City and McAdoo Catholic, McAdoo.


Who was Father Walter J. Ciszek?

fr ciszekFor 23 years in the midst of the Cold War, Father Walter J. Ciszek helped keep faith alive behind the Russian Iron Curtain. He was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania on November 4, 1904. In 1928, he entered the Society of Jesus. In 1937, Father Ciszek became the first American Jesuit ordained in the Russian Byzantine Rite.

In 1941, he was arrested by Russian secret police and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. He was released in 1955 from Russian prison camps, eight years after being declared legally dead in the United States. In 1963, Father Ciszek was exchanged along with another American for a Russian couple held for espionage. Upon his return to the United States, Father Ciszek wrote two books that chronicled his experiences, With God in Russia and He Leadeth Me.

The last 21 years of his life were devoted to working with the American family and clergy and religious communities of brothers, priests and sisters. His own sufferings and struggles allowed him to emphathize easily with the struggles of others. Faith, trust and prayer were the keys to his survival in Russia…..constant joy, kindness, peace and patience were the fruits of his faith.

Father Ciszek died in 1984 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8 at the age of 80. The Father Walter Ciszek Prayer League was formed to promote the cause for canonization of Father Walter J. Ciszek.

What does the Trinity Academy logo symbolize?

trinitylogosmall2The trinity, or “Triquetra,” is a three-part interlocking fish symbol that represents the Christian trinity. The word “trinity” comes from the Latin noun “trinitas,” meaning “three are one.”

The trinity represents the belief that God is one Being made up of three distinct Persons who exist in co-equal, co-eternal communion as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This, in conjunction with the cross, reminds of Jesus’ sacrifices.

These verses express the concept of the trinity:

  • Matthew 3:16-17
  • Matthew 28:19
  • John 14:16-17
  • 2 Corinthians 13:14
  • Acts 2:32-33
  • John 10:30
  • John 17:11 & 21

Yellow symbolizes renewal, hope, joy, celebration, light, and purity. Yellow is the Christian color for the season of Easter, the resurrection of Jesus. As “gold,” yellow represents what is precious and valuable in our lives; its brightness indicating the presence of God.

Blue symbolizes heavenly grace and the Virgin Mary. Blue also represents hope, good health, and the state of servitude. It can also symbolize the night sky in which the star appeared to announce the birth of Jesus.

Gray is the color of ashes, and therefore a biblical symbol of mourning for Jesus and repentance. It represents Ash Wednesday, Lent, or special days of fasting and prayer.


Did you know that Trinity’s school colors and mascot have special meaning?

Trinity Academy’s mascot is the Charger, and the school colors are blue and gold.  In choosing this mascot and these colors, we hope to always honor the proud past of Cardinal Brennan High School.


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