As students and teachers settle in for the 2014-15 school year, some administrators are trying to solve a problem vexing Catholic schools across rural dioceses.
There’s a shortage of qualified teachers, according to Tim Havican, principal of Holy Rosary Catholic School, Medford.
“What we’ve found here is we have a really hard time attracting good candidates,” he said.
Peter Noll, the education director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference since 1999, has been hired as principal of St. Patrick School, Hudson. Prior to his time at MCC, Noll, who holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Minnesota, worked as a principal for five different Catholic schools throughout Minnesota and as the curriculum director for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
On May 25, the cluster parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes, Dobie; Holy Trinity, Haugen; and St. John the Evangelist, Birchwood; celebrated Fr. Dave Oberts’ 45th ordination anniversary. Parishioners organized a celebration after Mass at St. John; in lieu of gifts, Fr. Oberts encouraged his flock to donate to his favorite charities. More than $3,000 was collected and will be distributed to St. Joseph Catholic School, Rice Lake, and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, Ladysmith. Fr. Oberts was ordained May 24, 1969.
Bishop Peter Christensen was the mystery reader for Amy Hockenbrock’s second-grade class Friday, May 2, at Cathedral School. Before reading Anthony DeStefano’s “The Sheep That No One Could Find,” the bishop answered students’ questions about his clothes, his job and his favorite sports team (yes, he likes the Packers).
A Park Falls native with more than a decade of teaching experience will be assuming the duties of principal at St. Anthony Catholic School, Park Falls, in June. Fr. Shaji Joseph Pazukkathara, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, has confirmed Steven Eitrem’s appointment as principal. Current principal Michael Plemon is retiring at the conclusion of this, his fourth year in the position.
Middle school students at Cathedral School, Superior, play a silly story game during a retreat at Christ the King Cathedral March 5.
Second-grade students at St. Joseph School, Rice Lake, prepare for Lent by making crosses from matchsticks.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Park Falls will open for the 2014-15 school year.
Holy Rosary expands into middle school.
Parishioners benefit from Stations of the Cross paintings.
It’s nice to give credit where credit is due, and the staff and teachers of St. Anne Catholic School have fashioned an entire recognition program around that concept.
A message from Bishop Peter F. Christensen.
Recipient of diocese’s Tom Toohey Award.
At St. Joseph School, Rice Lake, students from Mrs. Western’s kindergarten class and Mr. Merkt’s seventh grade homeroom gathered this Advent season to create Christmas tree decorations.
Gina Baker honored with diocesan award.
A Catholic school in the Diocese is expanding to include seventh grade.