In October of 2011, Bishop John Noonan re-established a Diocesan Schools Task Force to develop a set of fundamental initiatives by which we might create a foundation for the future of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orlando. Bishop Noonan said in his opening remarks when addressing the Task Force that, “Catholic education is the responsibility of each baptized Catholic and our Catholic schools offer a unique opportunity for our young people to grow fully and wholly in their faith.”
Priests, religious and lay representatives from throughout the Diocese were asked to serve on this Task Force. Four subcommittees of the Task Force were created to examine the current situation of our Catholic schools, and to offer recommendations for the future to Bishop Noonan. The work of the Schools Commission of the Diocesan Synod convoked in March 2005 was used as a backdrop for the initial discussions.
The subcommittees are governance, marketing, finance, and demographics. Each subcommittee is currently working separately and collaboratively to offer a comprehensive view of the richness of Catholic education in our Diocese. Henry Fortier, Superintendent of Schools, and co-chair of the Task Force said, “We are grateful to these faith-filled, diligent men and women who seek to serve the Lord through the gift of stewardship”. Mr. Fred Haddad, member of the Diocesan Finance Council, is also a co-chair of the Task Force.
It is the hope of the Diocesan Schools Task Force to make its recommendations to Bishop Noonan later this year.