Nice. Why this traditionalist Catholic school cares in a residence?

A traditional private Catholic school is said to have opened in this villa, in a private residence on the Bellevue seafront in Nice. She would welcome 19 children since March 21. (©CBL / News Nice)

Within the Villa Imperator, on Corniche Bellevue 29, a residence overlooking the Imperial Park in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), a private school is to be created.

However, there is no crane hanging over the hill. The residence will remain silent and the gate will be closed, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.


Traditional Catholic Private School

Among the houses of this residence, a villa was bought by the Éducation liberté association, name printed on one of the mailboxes in front of the gates.

This structure, which collects donations to fund this school, is connected to the Saint Joseph Priory, a member of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X, a traditionalist Catholic movement.

four classrooms

In his monthly publication, dated summer 2021, Father Patrick de la Roque proposes this future school. Four classrooms have to be set up, the swimming pool that has to give way to a terrace and a football field on a never-finished tennis court.

The abbot is pleased with the rapid completion of the project: “If someone had told me last September that our Priory Saint Joseph would open a school the following year, I would never have believed him,” he wrote at the time, stating that the first actions started in March 2021.

The Controversial Doctrine of the Dominicans of Saint-Pré de Brignoles

The classes are taught by Dominican sisters from Saint-Pré and Brignoles (Var), who also own the property. Others teach at eight schools in France and two in Argentina. In Nice they live in an outbuilding of the villa.

But their teaching is disputed. On May 5, 2021, Le Canard Enchaîné published an investigation into the textbooks they use, characterized by revisionism about World War II.

“It is to die of laughter or of sorrow, the choice,” says the abbot. “The World War II program is not on the children’s program! Everything is just cliché and stereotype”.

He justifies and reassures: “We have more freedom in the program, but with all the minimum skills required. There is a very family side and we founded this school because it was in high demand”.

The concerned co-owners

The school, called “Maris Stella”, was set to open on September 20. Yes, but now the house remained closed until at least March.

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In February 2022, a building permit was issued, sued by the co-owners, as written Good morning

For one of the local residents we met on site, it’s not so much the school itself that bothers him. “Everyone is angry because everything was done in the submarine: they joined the condominium without saying it would be a school”.

Can you imagine 50 cars driving down the driveway? And who would bear the wear of the tar? And the security of the home has been updated with cameras and new badges. Should badges be given to all parents?

An inhabitant of the Villa Imperator

Finally open?

The city confirms News Nice that the appeal has been lodged and is under investigation and that the school should remain closed. For its part, the Rectorate has not granted accreditation to this school.

However, contacted by us, Father Patrick de la Roque confirms that the school is open on March 21 and welcomes 19 students, from kindergarten to CM2. He plans to welcome about fifty “within four or five years.”

“Urban Planning Problems”

“The case took longer than expected due to urban planning issues,” he explains. As for the appeal filed, “it is unfounded and the trustee is behaving in a deplorable manner. I’m not worried at all.”

The local resident is surprised that the sign in front of the gate, which stated that the work had to be stopped by order of the bailiff, has been removed. “Maybe they opened up in the sub too? †

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