In a document received by California Catholic Daily on Dec. 27, the following qualifications for the Santa Rosa diocese school superintendent were listed:
Knowledge of Vatican II and the pastoral, catechetical, evangelical, and Catholic educational thrusts of the Church
Strong working knowledge of common educational models, interventions, curriculum, and systems
Professional experience working in a classroom setting
Strong governing and administration skills, abilities, and knowledge in the field of Catholic education
Knowledge of Catholic and federal private school laws and regulations; knowledge of Church governance
Exercises a high degree of maturity and good judgement; initiative; ability to work independently, and the ability to exercise discretion under broad administrative direction and in concert with the pastoral direction of the Bishop and Vicar General
Strong working knowledge of Catholic catechesis
Master’s degree in education preferred
Catechist Certificate within one year of hire required
Proven record of leading schools to meet required educational standards
Candidates must be active Catholics
For more information contact Lori Norcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-566-3322.
It seems the bishop and Diocese of Santa Rosa want to make Catholic schools Catholic again. Pray they find a qualified believing and practicing Catholic to serve in that way. If you know of one, tell them.
Bishop Vasa is a wonderful Bishop and offers the TLM on Sunday, Tuesday and Holy Days in his Cathedral, Deo Graitas Bishop Vasa.
When about to obtain my CA teaching credential after a 20+ military career, an old friend asked me to check out a local Catholic school who were desperate for a science teacher. I interviewed and was accepted even though I am not Catholic. I agreed to the provisos of the job, and went to Mass with students on school days, getting the blessing instead of communion. Many of the non- Catholic students followed my example, which parents appreciated. I completed the year, buying script, attending athletic and school events, truly cutting my teaching teeth. Parents suggested that I consider administration, but at the end of the year, my wonderful principal politely informed me that though I qualified in every other way, my non-Catholic status meant I would NEVER be allowed to be a vice or principal. She said I was welcome to stay as faculty, as I had good student and parent rapport, effective teaching skills, etc, but she wanted me to know up front the situation. To be considered a Catholic in good standing for admin would require a two year conversion course,, etc.. She gave me a wonderful letter of recommendation,and 36 hours later I was new faculty at a nearby high school (admittedly, with quite a pay hike). I still support the school at fundraisers because I love it as my teaching Alma mater, and to this day former students see and hug me, often expressing their sorrow I left, that the diocese lost. I point out how the church had this rule for a reason, that its purpose beyond the obvious was to appease parents (paying high tuition) who as good Catholics equate a good Catholic education with a strong and active Catholic at the helm. Obe could debate this all day, but given the teacher shortage, etc., it is hard for all the schools who are seeking qualified and not burned out teachers willing to go into admin.