ORLANDO . . . Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Secretary of Faith Formation and Superintendent of Catholic Schools, announced his resignation today, December 7, 2010 to Chancery staff, principals, pastors, presidents, and directors of religious education. He served in this position for three years. The resignation is effective June 30, 2011.
Dr. Wolsonovich communicated his resignation via an e-mail announcement to more than 300 Diocesan representatives. Praising their marvelous work, he said, “I have truly enjoyed working with the many wonderful people involved in the ministry of faith formation in the Diocese of Orlando, both in our Catholic schools and our parish religious education programs.” He continued, “Your dedication to the mission of the Catholic Church in passing on our Catholic faith to our young people is inspiring and highly commendable. Our Catholic schools are doing very well and serve as centers of evangelization in our Diocese.”
During his three years as Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Wolsonovich was charged with carrying out the goals of the Diocesan-wide Synod, established during 2008, the fortieth anniversary of the Diocese. He established a president/principal model of management for diocesan high schools and worked closely with principals of 31 elementary, one special education, and five diocesan high schools. As Secretary of Faith Formation, he is responsible for the education of almost 50,000 young people in Catholic schools or religious education programs.
Father Richard Walsh, Diocesan Administrator, proffered, “Dr. Wolsonovich will be missed. In the short time I served as diocesan administrator, I am pleased to know him as a leader in the area of education and faith formation throughout the Diocese.”
Dr. Wolsonovich plans to “do something . . . but perhaps at a somewhat slower rate.” A search committee will convene mid-December to begin the difficult job of replacement.