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A Higher-Level Vision in Hawaii

on Sunday, 01 February 2015.

When it comes to Catholic education, Susan Hendricks values history.

She values her own winding path to Catholic schools. One of seven children, she was raised in the Catholic faith. Her parents' modeling, she says, "influences me daily with my devotion to the Church and Catholic education." Because her father's Army career required multiple moves, however, only two of the eight schools she attended were Catholic. Later the young activist became a teacher and worked for several years in San Francisco's Mission District. Then she re-located to Maui and, she says, "Divine intervention guided me to a hidden jewel—Sacred Hearts School of Lahaina—where I am honored to be principal."

The 150-yr-old school she now serves was founded by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts and later run by the Sisters of St. Francis. And here Susan's appreciation for history truly shines: "Standing on the shoulders of these consecrated giants and all of the everyday heroes that have gone before us is a gift of grace. We accept the mantel of duty to continue the legacy of preparing ourselves and our school community for salvation."

Susan is devoted, "heart and mind to Catholic education." In her studies with the program, she has learned about the Church's strong foundation of support for Catholic schools. And, she says, "I am driven to share this history with my school community.""I have learned that we do nothing alone, and that the relationships built in community of like-minded souls is a conspiracy of love, truth and action. The academic rigor and spiritual support in the ACE program has lifted my vision of Catholic education to a higher level of personal gratitude and political/social acumen. I am proud to be an agent of change in the movement of improving Catholic education today."

Hendricks is in her 11th year as principal at the Sacred Hearts School. This story was first posted on June 19, 2012, during her participation in the Remick Leadership Program.

Mark Kirzeder Appointed Principal at Marian High School

on Friday, 23 May 2014.

Bishop Rhoades tabs another RLP grad to lead Mishawaka, IN High School

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Mr. Mark Kirzeder appointed principal of Marian High School

MISHAWAKA — Mr. Mark Kirzeder has been appointed by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades as the principal of Marian High School effective July 1. Kirzeder has been the assistant principal for academics of Marian High School since 2012 and a science and mathematics teacher at the Mishawaka high school since 2005. Kirzeder’s appointment will be announced at a school assembly on May 22nd at 2:30 p.m.Marian Logo

“It is a great honor to be asked by Bishop Rhoades to be the next principal at Marian High School,” Kirzeder said. “I am incredibly thankful to the members of the Marian community for their prayers during this time of transition for our school. I am also greatly honored to be able to follow in the footsteps of the great leaders before me, especially my predecessor, Mr. Carl Loesch.”

Bishop Rhoades announced in February that Carl Loesch, the current Marian High School principal, was appointed the Secretary of Catholic Education at the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend effective July 1. Loesch will oversee the Catholic Schools Office and the Office of Catechesis. In February, a search committee was formed to find a new principal for Marian High School.

Kirzeder has a Bachelor of Science degree in science and math education from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Education degree through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership through the University of Notre Dame.

Msgr. Michael Heintz, rector of St. Matthew Cathedral and director of the Master of Divinity Program at the University of Notre Dame, remarked, “I was privileged to serve as the chair of a search committee, appointed by Bishop Rhoades, which was comprised of a number of very gifted and talented individuals.”

“We were most impressed by Mark's deep commitment to Catholic education, his commitment to the students and his devotion to Marian,” said Msgr. Heintz, who is also a Marian High School graduate.

Answering the Call to Lead

on Friday, 23 May 2014.

Matt DeBoer reflects on his path to RLP

As I was finishing up my undergraduate studies, I felt God calling me to do something “more” with my life and newly acquired skills and experiences. After much discernment and prayer, I eventually applied to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and was accepted and placed in the New Orleans community. I had grown to love the city through my post-Katrina volunteer efforts, and I knew that if I was placed in New Orleans, it was because God wanted me to be there. In August 2008, I began my journey as a Jesuit Volunteer at the Good Shepherd School (GSS), and I never would have imagined that I would still be there six years later.  Least of all, did I expect to find myself serving in the leadership position that I now hold - but if I have learned anything in my time here, it is that God works in mysterious ways!MattDeBoer

My first year at GSS was a wild ride, as I started as a teacher’s assistant and was teaching middle school religion full-time within only two weeks. By the end of the year, I had not only taught religion, but also middle school math and science, as well as kindergarten science. I was all over the place, but something in me loved every bit of it! The school went through a tumultuous change in administration and more than half the staff left at year’s end. On the principal’s last day of work, she pulled me aside and said. “Matt, I’m not sure if you’ve ever thought about it, but I think you’d make a great principal someday.”

As I began my second year of work, I found myself as a school leader that was and respected by elder colleagues and students alike. The new principal asked me to be a member of the administrative team and I have never looked back. After five years of teaching and various ventures into administration, I truly felt God was calling me into Catholic school leadership. I decided to apply to the Remick Leadership Program (RLP) after hearing about it from various participants and graduates working at Nativity Miguel model schools. Now having completed one summer of the program, I feel comfortable in my role as a school leader because RLP has complimented my experience at GSS by providing me with the skills, resources, and confidence to lead.  It has also provided me with an amazing network of Catholic school educators that I can reach out to or lean on at any given moment.

After finishing my first summer at Notre Dame in RLP, I came back to New Orleans with one week to prepare for the school year. Enrollment had greatly increased and half of the student body would be new students, while only two faculty members had more than a year of experience at the school. On top of these challenges, during the first week of school I was left as the veteran teacher and aspiring administrator, when our principal received the devastating news that her mother had passed away. While the stresses were great and the challenges were many, I embraced the challenge head on, and we made it through in one piece.

I am not sure I would have been able to handle all of the issues that arose with students, parents, and staff members without the first summer of preparation in RLP. Knowing that my classmates from RLP were going through similar struggles brought me strength that I in turn shared with my colleagues. The faith-centered community that we formed over the summer was a strong support then, and it became a strong spiritual support when I began work a few weeks after returning. In fact, my colleagues, students, and I have all embraced the oft quoted scripture that I learned to love through RLP last summer as our motto for this school year: “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Right now, at both GSS and in RLP, I feel that I am exactly where God is calling me to be at this stage in my vocational journey as a Catholic school educator and administrator.

Supporting Transformational Leaders and World-Builders

on Wednesday, 14 May 2014.

ACE Receives Additional Gift from Remicks

Adding to what had already amounted to the largest and most significant set of gifts to support the University of Notre Dame’s efforts to strengthen and transform Catholic K-12 education, Mary Ann and Jack Remick, of Rochester, Minnesota, have made an additional $10 million leadership gift to the University’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

This most recent gift will more than double the endowment of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, the nation’s preeminent formation program to shape a generation of faith-filled and talented principals for America’s Catholic schools. The gift also ensures that ACE can attract the nation’s top talent to successfully engage the challenges that face contemporary Catholic schools, fully integrating executive management and instructional leadership, imbued with the spirit of the Gospel.

remicks portrait 300“This wonderfully generous gesture from Mary Ann and Jack adds to the already remarkable foundation that Notre Dame has built to sustain, strengthen and transform Catholic schools,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “In thanking Mary Ann and Jack for this gift, I am deeply mindful of Pope Francis’ expression of gratitude to the University Trustees on our recent visit to Rome, for ‘the commitment which Notre Dame has shown over the years to supporting and strengthening Catholic elementary and secondary education throughout the United States.’ ”

“Transformational school leaders are world-builders, architects of the soul who bring to life for the members of their Catholic school communities a compelling vision of the core values and goals of a Catholic education,” said Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and founder of ACE. “Though the challenges faced by Catholic schools have changed rather dramatically in the current American context, the core values and goals remain ever the same: to invite our students to an encounter with the living person of Jesus Christ while at the same time engendering a deep love of learning.”

Jack Remick earned his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in 1959, and his support of the University began almost immediately after graduation. While at the same time engaged early in his career with IBM, Jack became a founding partner of the Fastenal Co., an exceptionally successful construction supply and services company based in Winona, Minnesota.

Jack currently serves as chair of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering Advisory Council. Among the many gifts he has made to his alma mater is Stinson-Remick Hall, the state-of-the-art engineering building near the entrance to Notre Dame’s campus.

Mary Ann Remick earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of Saint Teresa, whose campus is now part of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona. After a successful career in nursing, Mary Ann became increasingly involved in the Catholic schools in Rochester and ultimately joined the board of trustees of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2004. Combining her passion for quality education and increased access to under-served children, Mary Ann created an endowment that enabled the founding of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program in 2008.

She recently stated: “It has been a distinct privilege for Jack and me to share in the work of those in the Alliance for Catholic Education and to assist in the formation of leaders for Catholic schools throughout the country. In our view, there is nothing more essential to the survival and success of a Catholic school.”

Four years later, Mary Ann made possible a new home for the Alliance for Catholic Education, providing the resources for the renovation of the historic Institute for Educational Initiatives Building, including the very popular Remick Commons, at the heart of campus adjacent to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Grotto and the Main Building. To mark and celebrate the Remicks’ most recent gift, the University announced the renaming of this landmark Sorin-era building as “Visitation Hall,” in honor of the encounter between two women whereupon the church was born.

Jack and Mary Ann are the parents of five children, three of whom are Notre Dame graduates.

The Alliance for Catholic Education has been serving under-served Catholic schools for the past 20 years in communities across the United States and abroad. Each year, the mission of ACE impacts the lives of several hundred thousand children by preparing high-talented, faith-filled teachers, principals and administrative leaders while offering an array of professional services to strengthen and transform Catholic schools. ACE works to ensure that children in these communities, many of them from low-income families in high-poverty areas, have access to the highest quality Catholic education. Mary Ann currently serves as a member of the ACE Advisory Board.

Pierre-Antoine to Lead Notre Dame ACE Academies

on Wednesday, 12 March 2014.

Rodney Pierre-Antoine, current principal of St. Jarlath Catholic School in the Diocese of Oakland, will join the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) as director of the Notre Dame ACE Academies, effective July 1, 2014.

In this role, Pierre-Antoine will work closely with principals and teachers in Notre Dame ACE Academies partner schools in the Dioceses of Tucson and St. Petersburg to provide a Catholic education of the highest quality to as many children as possible. The director of the Notre Dame ACE Academies leads regional boards and supports school leaders in their efforts to establish high-performing, transformational school cultures rooted in the Catholic tradition. Pierre-Antoine will also lead the development of a strategy for replicating the Notre Dame ACE Academies model in other communities so that many tens of thousands more children have the opportunity to attend excellent Catholic schools.

Christian Dallavis, Ph.D., ACE’s senior director for leadership programs and founding director of the Notre Dame ACE Academies said he was thrilled that Pierre-Antoine had agreed to take on this leadership role and that his experience as a veteran Catholic school principal will be especially helpful to the future of the initiative.

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"Rodney is among the most passionate, thoughtful, faithful, and fun people I know, and he brings a deep knowledge of how kids learn, how teachers grow, and how great schools work,” Dallavis said in announcing the appointment.

Dallavis added, "In the Notre Dame ACE Academies, we have found that school success is driven by leaders who will do whatever it takes to ensure that every child succeeds. Rodney absolutely epitomizes this 'whatever-it-takes' mindset, which we believe is essential to leading the transformational, breakthrough schools our kids deserve."

Pierre-Antoine began his career in education as a Teach for America corps member in urban Oakland public schools, before earning his M.A. in educational administration from Notre Dame in ACE’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program. He has held leadership roles in urban Catholic schools since 2005, serving as dean of students at St. Martin de Porres Catholic School in Oakland and as principal at St. Felicitas Catholic School in San Leandro, CA. He became principal at St. Jarlath in 2011, and the school has seen enrollment growth of 80% since then.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to cement the Notre Dame ACE Academies pillars of educational excellence, the experience of community in Christ, and faith formation in the Catholic tradition in our existing schools,” Pierre-Antoine said of his appointment. “I also welcome the prospect of expanding this wonderful initiative to diocesan communities who are ready to embrace this innovative model for Catholic education.”

As a faculty member in Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives, Pierre-Antoine will also teach in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program and will be involved in developing the new Center For Transformational Educational Leadership that ACE is establishing.

Rodney’s wife, Jocelyn, is also a graduate of the Remick Leadership Program, and will join the ACE team in the summer as a member of Remick’s national faculty. Rodney and Jocelyn will continue to live in the Bay Area for the next year.