ATLANTA—A new school, named for Bishop Joel M. Konzen, SM, of Atlanta, will open doors and possibilities for 225 vulnerable children living in Ghana, West Africa.
The school is part of the Pope Francis School & Health Centre (PFSHC) program in the Volta Region of Ghana in the Diocese of Ho. Mike Barry, former parishioner at St. Philip Benizi Church in Jonesboro, founded the outreach in 2014 to serve children who had been orphaned.
Barry said a generous anonymous donation is enabling completion of the school’s construction. The donor requested the school be named for Atlanta’s auxiliary and longtime Marist educator, Bishop Konzen. The school will be finished in August, featuring a library and computer lab for children in grades K-4 through ninth. A chapel will be named for St. Francis.