About Us


We believe in our Catholic Faith.
We believe in the Pope John Paul II School Community.
We believe in serving others.
We believe in excellence.

School Pastor

Fr. Tom Boharic is the School Pastor for Pope John Paul II Catholic School. "My hope is to be a support to the excellent students and staff of PJPII! I hope to be able to be a pastor like Pope John Paul II to lead others to Jesus Christ himself."

Fr. Tom leads a Bible study for junior high students on Mondays from 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. His Bible study for students in grades 3-5 meets on Fridays from 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Fr. Tom is the pastor at St. Simon the Apostle Church located at 5157 S. California Ave.


In October 1979, Pope John Paul II had visited Five Holy Martyrs Parish and celebrated mass with the local community. Among those concelebrating the mass was Bishop Alfred Abramowicz, then pastor of Five Holy Martyrs and a long-time friend of the Holy Father. The altar upon which the Holy Father celebrated mass still remains at the Five Holy Martyrs site and is used on special occasions by Pope John Paul II Catholic School.

Pope John Paul II Catholic School was born on July 1, 1999, as a result of the consolidation of four local Catholic schools—St. Pancratius, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Fatima, and Five Holy Martyrs. The school consolidation was agreed upon by the four parishes in order to protect the livelihood of each individual parish and Catholic education in the community. The regional school now has the unique privilege of working with all of the priests and parishes of Brighton Park. The school officially opened its doors on August 25, 1999 with two campuses, and now remains solely at the Five Holy Martyrs site located on Richmond Street. In the fall of 2017, St. Simon Apostolic Church joined the community, so now PJPII is the parish school of 5 Brighton Park parishes.

The current enrollment of approximately 185 students allows for smaller class sizes and personal attention for the students. Children of various ethnic backgrounds travel from around the city and suburbs to attend PJPII School.

While Pope John Paul II Catholic School is constantly creating its own unique history, the school attempts to integrate the lives of its students into the lives of each parish. As part of the Catholic family of Brighton Park, the students have attended liturgies at each of the sponsoring parishes. Students are encouraged to return to their home parish to receive the sacraments and are encouraged to participate fully in their parish community.

Pope John Paul II remains the only Catholic school in Brighton Park serving over 2,000 Catholic families in the area where students learn in a faith-filled community of academically excellent students ready to be responsible servants for their world.

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