The Diocese’s new superintendent of schools took the opportunity this week to introduce himself to the Catholic school community. Excerpts of his message follow:
I am so very happy to introduce myself. My name is Vincent de Paul Schmidt, and I am honored to have been named the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Trenton by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.
Friends and colleagues have asked me many times over the past months, “What are you going to change in Trenton?” In reality, my job is not to change anything, but continue to build on the fantastic efforts of former superintendent JoAnn Tier and the team in the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools.
Over the last few months, I have come to realize that in the Diocese of Trenton, we have a wide variety of students – from Catholics and non-Catholics, to those of all ethnicities, special needs and varying economic status. All will continue to be embraced for the gifts they bring and the good works they will be challenged to bring forth daily.
The Catholic schools in this Diocese are poised to take off into unprecedented areas of academic growth and rigor along with an increased focus on Catholic identity. Our schools have committed teams that are dedicated to leading all students to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, strong academic achievement, personal growth in the areas of social awareness and social responsibility, and a sense of self-reliance steeped in a set of values that can only come from a mission-driven, faith-filled community such as that found in our programs.
To read the entire message, visit Catholic Schools Have It All.
The August issue of The Monitor Magazine has just been published, and a sneak peek is available for members of our diocesan family:
Cautious optimism has been the description used for the gradual and careful return to in-church Masses across the Diocese’s four counties. At the same time, our Catholic school leadership is diligently working, along with their public school counterparts, to get ready for September and all that it will bring.
These are complicated times, and the array of coverage in the August issue of The Monitor Magazine aims to bring clarity and hope to our readers.
Because The Monitor Magazine cannot be distributed in our churches at this time, we are providing free and open digital access to all members of our diocesan community and visitors to our websites. You can view a digital copy here.