I am Fr. Bryan Dolejsi, Interim President of Kennedy Catholic High School. After serving as chaplain for six years from 2011-2017, I returned on Ash Wednesday this year to serve our school community in this new role. I have generational family ties at Kennedy Catholic and know the depth of connection people have to the Lancer experience. I am here to accompany and direct us during this time of transition. Since my arrival, I am focused on leading a process of discernment to move our school forward even stronger. I met personally with faculty and staff, and heard perspectives from many parents and students – all input is greatly valued. After consultation and assessment, it was decided to consolidate the president and principal position into one role and a search committee was formed to seek our new school leader. I continue to work closely with the newly formed task force of the Archdiocese to more clearly focus how we live out our mission as Catholic schools.
During my tenure, we moved into remote online learning due to the COVID-19 reality. This is a challenging time of growth and learning for all. I am impressed by the resolve, creativity, flexibility, and energy of our students and faculty to continue learning. It provides a great opportunity to perfect our one-to-one technology evolution as we adopt a unified online platform (Canvas) for the fall. A special word of congratulations to the Class of 2020! We found creative ways to honor our seniors remotely with continued hope of gathering in person later in the summer. I pray this experience will strengthen appreciation of the many gifts and blessings in our lives!
On behalf of our entire community, I want to express my deep gratitude to President Mike Prato who decided to retire in March. Please see his letter on the opposite page. His 16 years of leadership lead to growth in academic excellence, diversity in our student body, faith-enrichment opportunities, financial stability, athletic success and increased activities and service projects offered for our students. I also want to thank Nancy Bradish for her five years of service to our community as principal. She has been a steady and faithful servant in the area of academic leadership. Given our new leadership model, Nancy is pursuing other opportunities for next school year. Please pray for Mike, Nancy, and all those who are transitioning from our Lancer community, that the Holy Spirit will guide their next steps and provide them with the best possible supports.
I am keenly aware of the many blessings and challenges of this school year. As our school has in the past, I am confident we will find the best ways to navigate these next steps together for the good of our students. At Kennedy Catholic, our mission is to graduate leaders following Christ in a school community that is accessible, diverse, and committed to pursuing the fullest potential of every student. We trust the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us today and always in this mission. Your ongoing prayers are greatly appreciated.
“Verso L’alto! To the Heights!” - Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Your Servant in the Risen Christ,
Fr. Bryan Dolejsi