On Friday, January 5, 2018, the Most Reverend Bishop Lawrence Persico and Fr. Scott Jabo, President of Cathedral Prep, Villa Maria Academy, and Mother Teresa Academy blessed the new Mother Teresa Academy school building located at 160 W. 11th Street. The blessing of this facility was held just seven months after Bishop Persico announced the opening of a new mission school for grade school children in the City of Erie. Mother Teresa Academy opened its doors in August in the former Holy Family School while the new facility, located in the former St. Peter's Cathedral School, underwent renovations. The school community celebrated Mass prior to the blessing. Following Bishop Persico's blessing there was a reception to celebrate the momentous event.