Skip to comments.Nashville Dominican Sister Named Head Of USCCB Education Office
Posted on 05/30/2012 3:17:18 PM PDT by NYer
WASHINGTONDominican Sister John Mary Fleming, a member of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee, has been named executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Sister Fleming currently is principal of St. Dominic School, Bolingbrook, Illinois.
She succeeds Marie Powell, who announced her retirement earlier this year.
Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, USCCB general secretary, announced the appointment May 29.
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, Msgr. Jenkins said. 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.
He thanked Marie Powell for her years at the bishops conference and commended her both for her generous service at the bishops conference and for her outstanding career in educational leadership.
Marie served well for many years as a strong advocate for Catholic schools and as a leader in the education community, Msgr. Jenkins said. She can be proud of her contributions, as we are proud of her.
Sister Fleming holds a licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America, a masters 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 bachelors degree in education from Belmont University, Nashville.
Prior to her term as principal at St. Dominics, 2010-present, 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 congregations $46 million motherhouse building project, 2000-2006.
She served on the board of Aquinas College, 2000-2007, and currently is a board member of Providence Academy, Minneapolis. In 2012, she also served on the 10-member team to develop a program for the year of Faith for the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.
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Congratulations to the USCCB on an excellent choice of education leader!
I don’t know her or her particular congregation, but the record looks good.
I noticed especially that she has received “a masters degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.”
It’s doubtful that one appointment will change anything right away. There are too many entrenched administrators and teachers for that. But hopefully, it will start moving things in the right direction.
Can we be assured part of their studies will divide the significance of 'sovereignty' of our nations borders from the 'no borders' claptrap coming from the anti-American socialist bishops and cardinals within the infamous USCCB membership ?
"For every tree is known by its fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns; nor from a bramble bush do they gather the grape." -- 5 Luke 6:44
My prayers will include Sister John ; for as you suggest, she's got to cut a tunnel through a mountain to reach her wards. The Most Holy Trinity stands ready to hear and respond to her prayer for help.
Catholic liberal heads exploding everywhere!!!!
Hey Sister, here is a hint for Catechism. Remember the words....Faith and Life Series....
Lord Love you and keep you. All the best.
Very good indeed! Things are looking up.
WooHoo! She got a Masters Degree from my Alma Mater, Univ. of Sou. Mississippi!
I know Sister; she was the principal at my sons’ grade school. She’s great!
The CCD program at our parish uses the Faith and Life series. I knew when I saw that, we had picked a good parish ;) The DRE has asked if I’d be interested in teaching CCD next year. Can’t wait!
Ooooo! All the best!
I’m not called to teach, but I am a full time assistant in our Confirmation class. I test. 30 Prayers 30 CCC, exactly worded questions. It’s a tough year.
The really good thing about those books is that each year the students learn the same thing at the same time but age appropriate. So the 1st graders are learning about Pentecost at the same time as the 7th graders. It’s great when you have to help with homework and have a few kids.
Lord Love you, CCD teachers are amazing.