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Recent Major Announcements Regarding Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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press release August 28, 2013


New Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of Catholic Education Announcement:

On May 23, 2013 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Faith in the Future Foundation, announcedthe appointment of Mr. Christopher Mominey as the new Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, effective July 1, 2013. 


Mr. Mominey came to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia after 17 years of education related roles in the Diocese of Syracuse.  Most recently he was the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Syracuse. 


Mr. Mominey is a highly-respected Catholic school administrator and passionate advocate of the Church, whose appointment marked an important milestone for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese and the implementation of the Foundation’s strategic vision to strengthen and grow Catholic schools across the Philadelphia region.


Independence Mission Schools Announcement:

At a press conference on July 15, 2013 Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. joined Mr. Brian McElwee, Chairman of the Independence Mission Schools (IMS), and Mr. Al Cavalli, President of IMS, to announce that 14 Catholic elementary schools were officially designated operationally independent of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia allowing them to form the Independence Mission Schools system. 


IMS is the umbrella organization overseeing these 14 independent private Catholic schools, which provides central staff to drive development and enrollment as well as standardized business practices and management of the school facilities.  


Formation of Executive Board of Elementary Education and Five County Advisory Councils:

In February 2013 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the creation of an Executive Board of Elementary Education.  This entity was formed in response to recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission and was created to better assist local pastors, parishes, elementary and regional schools with strategic planning, marketing, enrollment and governance to help sustain, grow, and strengthen their schools. 


In addition to the Executive Board, Advisory Councils for elementary education are being created in each of the surrounding five counties.  


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