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December 6, 2011

News Release from the Office of Catholic Education
Regarding Mr. Dennis Reitano, Principal of St. Madeline-St. Rose School

Mr. Dennis Reitano, principal of Saint Madeline-Saint Rose School in Ridley Park, Delaware County, has been placed on administrative leave effective Monday, December 5, 2011, after concerns were raised during a Safe Environment lesson. A report was made to law enforcement and authorities are investigating.

School families were sent a letter Monday evening via-email informing them that Mr. Reitano has been placed on administrative leave and a hard copy of the letter is being sent home today. The letter stated, "Nothing is more important to all of us at Saint Madeline - Saint Rose School than the safety and security of your children…we are all committed to creating a healthy academic environment for the children."

The letter also encourages parents to contact authorities with any additional information or concerns. Counselors from the Delaware County Intermediate Unit were made available today for anyone who wanted to speak with them about the situation. Parents needing guidance on how to talk to their children about this can contact the Office for Child and Youth Protection directly at 1-888-800-8780 or e-mail

Safe Environment is a comprehensive program which provides an age-appropriate curriculum regarding healthy relationships between young people and adults. The Archdiocese provides this education to almost 120,000 young people every year in our schools and parish religious education programs. For more information about resources available to parents please visit Creating a Network of Prevention and Protection at

Mr. Reitano has been principal at Saint Madeline-Saint Rose School since 2009. He taught at the following schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Saint Richard School, Philadelphia (1985-1995); Stella Maris School, Philadelphia (1981-1985); Saint Thomas Aquinas School, Philadelphia (1977-1981); The Trinity School, Philadelphia (1974-1976); Saint Aloysius School, Philadelphia (November -December 1973) and Saint Ludwig School, Philadelphia (1972-1973).

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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