Three catholic elementary schools in the region are being re-named.

Blessed Kateri Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener, Pope John Paul II in Kitchener and Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School in Cambridge will have new names by the 2013-2014 school year, pending approval of the board of trustees. They’ll vote on October 29th.

The names will be changed to St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES, Blessed John Paul II CES and Blessed Mother Teresa CES.

These changes come after the canonization in Rome yesterday of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and the earlier beatifications of Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa. Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, was present for the canonization Mass.

The students and staff of St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES are planning a number of activities to commemorate the sainthood of the school’s namesake.