After a two-and-a-half-year construction, the ribbon-cutting at St. Paul VI Catholic High School's 68-acre Chantilly campus will take place Thursday, school officials announced Monday.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington will participate in the ceremony and bless the new facility's auditorium, stadium and baseball field shortly afterward.
"This is an exciting time for the St. Paul VI Catholic High School community and the Diocese of Arlington," Burbidge said in a prepared statement. "The new state-of-the-art facilities will ensure that the school continues its tradition of excellence in Catholic education for generations to come."
PVI first opened in 1983 and operated out of the former Fairfax High School building in Fairfax City.
The student body now comprises approximately 1,000 students, nearly triple the school's initial head count of 350.
The Diocese of Arlington, which oversees four high schools, including Paul VI, announced in June 2015 the school would be moving to Loudoun, and the official campus groundbreaking took place the following February.
Per Monday's announcement, more than 1,000 rosaries are buried in the new campus's foundation, having been prayed over by faculty, staff, alumni and students.
PVI is scheduled to open for the coming school year five days a week and will employ a hybrid model combining in-person and remote learning methods, though some families selected a 100 percent distance-learning option.
Officials say a maximum of 50 percent of students will be allowed in the building at a time while the rest will join via livestream, alternating on a block schedule.
Head of School Virginia Colwell extended thanks to Whiting-Turner and VMDO Architects, as well as donors and other PVI supporters.
"Moving an entire school to a new location during a global pandemic was a huge undertaking, but with planning, teamwork, faith, and of course social distancing, we are in our new home," she said.
Thursday's ribbon cutting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the new campus at 42341 Braddock Road in Chantilly.
A mass in the school chapel and the blessing from Bishop Burbidge will follow at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively.
More information on St. Paul VI Catholic High School is available at paulvi.net.