Bishop Dennis Sullivan has appointed a commission to make recommendations for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Camden. In convening the commission, Bishop Sullivan called on its members to create a vision and plan to support his commitment to Catholic school education, which he believes to be among the most important and fundamental missions of the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Camden.
The Bishop’s Commission has a wide mandate. It will examine the Catholic identity of the schools as well as their governance, leadership, and programs. The commission will offer proposals to promote academic excellence, improve finances, utilize facilities, expand marketing and increase enrollment, and engage with public policy and fundraising. The 19-member commission includes experts in education, business, law, finance, communications and parish life.
There are 12,703 students in Catholic schools in the diocese in six high schools and 28 grade schools. There are also three private Catholic high schools that operate under the authority of the Bishop but independently from the diocese.
“The idea in forming the commission is to review our strengths and our opportunities for growth and to examine successful models already in place here and in other dioceses facing similar potential threats or limitations,” said Mary Boyle, superintendent of schools for the diocese. At the end of this process, we hope to make recommendations to the bishop that will enable us to move towards a future in which the great treasure of the Catholic school is sustained and strengthened. The next generation deserves no less from us.”
The expectation is that recommendations for Bishop Sullivan will be made toward the latter part of this school year.
The committee includes Boyle and Father Allain Caparas, Gloucester Catholic High School; Mark D’Onofrio; Father Raymond Gormley, pastor of Incarnation Parish, Mantua; Father Robert Hughes, vicar general of the diocese; Dr. Bernadette Janis, Penn Literacy Network; James Madden, attorney; Rosemarie Maglietta, Margate; Sister Marianne McCann, MPF, principal of Paul VI High School, Haddonfield; Patrick McGrory, Vineland; Fran Montgomery, principal of St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral School, Camden; William Murray, chief finance officer and delegate for temporalities, Diocese of Camden; John O’Donnell; Jack Parker, Brigantine; Father Joseph Perreault, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Sea Isle City; Edward Radetich; Father Joseph Szolack, pastor of Infant Jesus Parish, Woodbury Heights; Dr. William Watson, director of curriculum and assessment; and John Wixted, attorney, Medford.