FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 April 2012
Very Rev. Dom. Elias Carr to Become Headmaster
Search for New Position of Academic Dean underway
Open House Set for June 10—1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – April 25, 2012 – All Saints Regional Catholic School, Glen Cove, N.Y., announced that it will adopt a new administrative model of a headmaster and academic dean consistent with the Diocesan Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools.
The Very Reverend Dom. Elias Carr, Can. Reg., pastor of Saint Rocco’s Church, Glen Cove will also become the new headmaster of All Saints Regional School and a search will begin for the academic dean. The headmaster will be in charge of the school and will report to the Executive Board of Pastors for the school. The academic dean will report to the headmaster, will assist in the day-to-day operation of the school and have primary responsibility for curriculum.
All Saints Regional School is in a unique position to adopt this model since the Canons Regular have recently staffed both parishes in Glen Cove: Saint Patrick’s and Saint Rocco’s. In addition, they have enough priests to minister to the parish needs and have Father Elias assume the headmaster position.
“I am pleased that the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine have shown their deep dedication to All Saints Regional School by their agreement with our Education Department that one of the priests – Father Elias Carr – will assume the new role of headmaster of All Saints Regional Catholic School,” said the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.
“This regional school continues to serve the parishes in the greater Glen Cove area with the collaboration of all the pastors involved. Having Father Elias as headmaster will strengthen this commitment and will give added vision for the future to the principal and the teachers and staff that offer an invaluable Catholic education to the children of the Glen Cove area.”
The decision to adopt a new model of administration for All Saints School, said Sister Joanne Callahan, O.S.U., superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre, was made in consultation with the Diocesan Education Commission and members of the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Catholic Education. “I think it’s exciting,” said Sister Joanne. “I’m impressed by the Canons’ dedication to Catholic education and I think it bodes well for the future.”
“We’re so thankful for the friendly and enthusiastic reception we have received from both parishes and the All Saints Regional school community in our short time here that we are happy to be able to support the school in this new endeavor,” said the Very Reverend Dom. Daniel Nash, Can. Reg., Prior of the Canonry of Saint Leopold.
One aspect of the Canons Regular’s leadership in the school, said Father Daniel, will be an emphasis on Catholic identity. The presence of members of a religious order is a valuable asset for emphasizing that identity, he noted. All members of the community will be involved in the school.
In addition to the three Canons Regular now serving here, Father Daniel said, a fourth member of the order will be assigned to assist as the order undertakes the additional responsibility.
Carol Needham Taylor, chair of the Diocesan Education Commission, praised the decision as “innovative and showing a desire to try new things.” “The Glen Cove community has a unique situation which makes it a good place to try something like this. I’m also pleased that the Canons Regular have such a clear focus on a strong Catholic identity for the school,” she added.
“We’re delighted” with the new leadership model, said Kathleen Deegan Dickson, a member of All Saints’ school board and co-chair of its search committee. “Sometimes change makes people nervous but I think that Father Elias will bring a whole new dimension that will be wonderful for our school.”
Father Elias brings to the school not only a comprehensive Catholic vision of education but also a strong commitment to academic excellence. “Father Elias is extremely well educated,” said Rev. Robert Romeo, chair of the school’s executive board, vicar forane and pastor of Saint Boniface Martyr parish, Sea Cliff. “His strong love for God and his passion for education are a perfect combination for our school,” said Father Romeo.
Father Elias is currently working on his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He has a License in Dogmatic Theology (S.T.L.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University; a Master of Philosophy in Religious Education (M.Phil) from the Norsk Laereakademi, Bergen, Norway; a bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts in History (B.A.) from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Father Elias also speaks German, Italian and Norwegian and is proficient in Bible Greek and Latin.
“I want to create a school that prepares our young people to be able to go to the best high schools and colleges,” said Father Elias. “To this end, I want to see the school offer Latin and German as well as Spanish. I want our youth to receive a complete and joyful vision of the Catholic faith. I want to see a great future for our school when it can be a light on the hill that shines brightly over the Gold Cost.”
All Saints Regional School will remain a regional school supported by five parishes (St. Boniface Martyr, Sea Cliff, St. Hyacinth, Glen Head, St. Mary, Roslyn, St. Patrick, Glen Cove and St. Rocco, Glen Cove) and will continue to follow all Diocesan and New York State Education Department guidelines. Father welcomes all current and prospective students and parents to an open house on June 10 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
About All Saints Regional Catholic School
All Saints Regional Catholic School, founded in 1990, serves Nursery through Eighth Grade students from the Long Island, New York parishes of St. Boniface Martyr, Sea Cliff, St. Hyacinth, Glen Head, St. Mary, Roslyn, St. Patrick, Glen Cove and St. Rocco, Glen Cove. All Saints Regional Catholic is an accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. We seek to educate our students within a family-centered Catholic community. We commit ourselves to Gospel values as we seek to develop our students' intellectual gifts and foster their spiritual growth. Our aim is to prepare our students to lead creative and productive lives which contribute to the growth of both God's kingdom and our nation. For a tour of the facility and information about open classes call 516-676-0762. All Saints Regional Catholic is offering a discount to all new students for the first year. Tuition assistance is also available through The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation at http://www.tomorrowshopefoundation.org/index.asp.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1,737,498 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2010, 16,318 baptisms, 16,296 confirmations, 17,123 First Holy Communions and 4,773 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2010, Catholic Charities assisted more than 53,500 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (09/11).
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