Nashville Dominican Named Head of USCCB Education Office
May 30, 2012, at 11:10 AM
By Matthew Archbold |
A Dominican Sister, a member of the St. Cecilia Congregration in Nashville, has been named executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB
Sister John Mary Fleming served on the board of Aquinas College in Nashville from 2000-2007 and served recently as principal of St. Dominic School, Bolingbrook, Illinois. Aquinas College is recomended as a faithful Catholic college in The Newman Guide.
Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, USCCB general secretary, announced the appointment yesterday, saying, “I am delighted that Sister John Mary will soon join the USCCB and am grateful to her religious community for allowing her to accept this appointment. Both she and her religious community have shown a commitment to Catholic education that resonates with our conference and which has been a hallmark of the Catholic church in this country.”
The Nashville Dominicans are a thriving order, known for staunch adherence to Church teaching, an ability to attract vocations, and their traditional habits.
Sister Fleming holds a licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America, a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a master of education degree in educational leadership and supervision from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in education from Belmont University, Nashville.
Before serving as principal at St. Dominic’s, Sister Fleming was director of education for her religious congregation, 2000-2007; interim vice president of operations at Aquinas College, Nashville, 2000-2001; and coordinator of her congregation’s $46 million motherhouse building project, 2000-2006.
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