The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s high school superintendent, Sister Maureen Lawrence McDermott, has resigned from her position, according to a letter released Friday by Associate Bishop Michael Fitzgerald.
the message, which was sent to teachers and families across the parish community, and also published catholicphile, the official news bulletin of the Archdiocese. In it, Bishop Fitzgerald cited Sister McDermott’s health concerns, and formally accepted her resignation, which takes effect Friday, November 5.
“She has made a profound and lasting impact on Catholic education with a career spanning nearly 40 years as a classroom teacher as well as a principal at the school and central office level,” said Bishop Fitzgerald. Her leadership was marked by the talent of the sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and a deep love for our Church.
Sister McDermott became superintendent of high schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia six years ago and was previously principal of Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown. Since she began teaching in 1982, Sister McDermott has worked in a variety of Catholic elementary and secondary schools.
Bishop Fitzgerald specifically noted its implementation of programs designed to improve academic performance in high school and increase the level of undergraduate scholarships achieved by students in the diocese, including local partnerships with colleges and universities, including Villanova University Business School.
Sister McDermott has also been at the center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s response to virtual education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including “her work in implementing a comprehensive learning management system” as well as increasing professional development for teachers.
Future Faith Foundation, founded in 2012, is an independent, non-profit organization that aims to prevent the closure of 22 schools in its operational control due to low enrollment throughout the diocese of Philadelphia’s high schools.
Bishop Fitzgerald assures teachers and families that the diocese, along with the Faith Foundation in the future, will oversee the appointment of temporary leadership while conducting a nationwide search for a full-time high school superintendent.