The cardinal Difference

Little Flower Catholic School in Pensacola has been focused on Excellence in Catholic Education for the past 70 years. Little Flower Catholic School is an excellent academic environment with a focus on living like Jesus through faith formation. Founded in 1946, Little Flower prides itself on our family atmosphere, diverse students, and mission to our community.

"The mission of the Catholic school is the integral formation of students, so that they may be true to their condition as Christ's disciples..."

Pope John Paul II

We begin with

Our Mission

In the spirit of our patroness St. Therese, Little Flower Catholic School cultivates learners and disciples committed to academic, spiritual, and personal growth in an environment that nurtures our commitment to “do small things with great love.”

"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."

1 Timothy 4:12

We follow

Our Leadership

Our leadership strives to educate the hearts of our students and faculty as God has made them

The Principal is responsible for the management of the school and leading the faculty. Leadership at Little Flower Catholic School is overseen by the Pastor. Both the Principal and Pastor are advised by the Student Advisory Council and Finance Council. 


Mr. Stephen Sanchez


Mr. Stephen Sanchez is a lifelong Catholic educator, with extensive experience as a principal/administrator, teacher, and youth minister.

He holds an MA in Educational Leadership from Fordham University, Certification in Business Analytics, Accounting, and Economics from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He comes to Little Flower from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel–St. Benedicta Catholic School in Staten Island, NY.

Prior to his work as a principal and administrator, he taught Spanish and Religion at the middle and high school levels and worked extensively with Catholic programs to assist Spanish speaking immigrant families.

Fr. Matt WOrthen


Fr. Matt Worthen was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in 2011. Fr. Matt was appointed the pastor of Little Flower Catholic Church & School in 2018.

After attending college at FSU, he discerned the vocation to the priesthood and entered seminary in 2004. He earned his BA in philosophy in 2006 from St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, FL and his Master of Divinity in 2011 from St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL.

As a parochial vicar at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, he taught 7th and 8th grade Religion and Spanish before his current assignment here at Little Flower Catholic Church and School.​


"It’s hard to put into words the feelings I have for Little Flower Catholic School. It’s community, it’s family, it’s support, it’s love in Christ."

Deanna Carmichael

We celebrate the

Catholic School Difference

Every school offers classes in English, Math, Science, and History. Catholic schools not only provider superior curriculum in these areas, but they do so by integrating faith into every subject

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Our goal through our Catholic schools is to provide your child with on-going formation in their faith, to develop each student’s God-given gifts, and to prepare them for success in higher education and the global marketplace. We do this through a challenging curriculum, the support of our parents, and in a nurturing environment.  

That is the Catholic school difference.