Christopher Mominey, the newly appointed secretary of Catholic education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, vowed to lead with a commitment to Catholic values.
In a video released by the Archdiocese for school families of its 123 elementary schools, 17 high schools and 4 schools of Special Education, Mominey said, “Our guiding academic, strategic and operating principles in the years to come will be simple -- do what is best for our students in an atmosphere focused on the model of Jesus Christ.”
Mominey said he believes “Catholic schools remain the single most effective apostolate that we have outside the family to pass on the traditions of our faith.”
The Archdiocese, making some very tough decisions, has closed down and merged dozens of Catholic schools in the past few years. But earlier this summer, the Archdiocese transferred management of 14 parish elementary schools to a nonprofit organization. And last year, 17 Archdiocesan high schools and four special-education schools were put under the management of the Faith in the Future Foundation, run by the Archdiocese and a lay board.
Mominey clearly doesn’t believe that the state of Catholic education is on the decline. He recently told The National Catholic Register that the Archdiocese’s goal is to increase enrollment in the high schools by 6,000 students by 2017.
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