The Monsignor John Dickie Society

Cathedral Catholic High School established The Monsignor John Dickie Society on November 16, 2015 with his blessing to help some of the most financially strapped families in San Diego obtain an excellent Catholic education. Unfortunately, families struggling financially often cannot commit to four years of tuition while living close to the poverty line. All parents want the best education for their children and, through your generous support, we have created a platform to turn their dreams into a reality.

Based on a Lasallian concept, Cathedral Catholic High School has instituted a program enrolling 5% of students from families whose income do not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, that income level is $44,000. The Monsignor John Dickie Society is a comprehensive effort to ensure that families with limited financial means can experience and enjoy the educational excellence of Cathedral Catholic High School.

The Monsignor John Dickie Society supports students from families who demonstrate academic potential and have expressed a desire to attend Cathedral Catholic. We will work in collaboration with our local Catholic grade schools, parishes, pastors and principals to identify, inform and attract students who may qualify for this opportunity.

The Monsignor John Dickie Society allows students to fully experience high school life at Cathedral Catholic High School. The programs goal is to provide a challenging and supportive learning environment while granting full tuition and additional financial support for after-school programs, athletics and incidentals.

You can make an impact on the lives of students who otherwise may never know the benefit of a great Catholic education – a Dons’ education

Currently we have 146 students that come from families that make under $44,000.

These students are all in need of scholarship assistance.

2016 – 2017 School Year

  • 35 Seniors – 4 have 4.0 or better, 8 have 3.5 or better, 10 have 3.0 or better,7 have 2.5 or better
  • 37 Juniors – 5 have 4.0 or better, 12 have 3.5 or better, 10 have 3.0 or better, 8 have 2.5 or better
  • 28 Sophomore – 2 have 4.0 or better, 6 have 3.5 or better, 9 have 3.0 or better, 7 have 2.5 or better

2017-2018 School Year

  • 15 Seniors – 4 have 4.0 or better, 4 have 3.5 or better, 6 have 3.0 or better, 1 have 2.5 or better
  • 30 Juniors – 4 have 4.0 or better, 12 have 3.5 or better, 10 have 3.0 or better, 4 have 2.5 or better
  • 38 Sophomore – 7 have 4.0 or better, 16 have 3.5 or better, 13 have 3.0 or better, 2 have 2.5 or better

These students are overcoming their financial hardships and giving themselves opportunities that would otherwise seem impossible: attend a four year college and ultimately provide for their own families.

If you have any question or would like to donate to the Monsignor Dickie Society, contact Sean Doyle ’80 at or (858) 523-4000 ext 1151