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July 30, 2014


The Office of Catholic Education (OCE) and Faith in the Future are pleased to announce the appointment of Father Joseph Bongard as President and Rector of Roman Catholic High School For Boys, effective August 1st.

Father Bongard has been the Vice Rector at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood (Montgomery County) since 2010. Today's announcement follows the June 2nd appointment of Roman's former President and Rector Father John B. Flanagan as Pastor of Saint Madeline Parish, Ridley Park (Delaware County).

Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education said, "Father Bongard is a veteran educator and administrator who has given years of dedicated service to educating students in secondary schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He knows the Roman Catholic High School community well. He is both a proud graduate and a former Rector of the school. Father Bongard is an obvious choice to lead the young men of Roman Catholic High School for Boys both spiritually and academically into a new chapter of an already rich history of Catholic education in Philadelphia."

Father Bongard is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School's Class of 1977. He also served from 2006-2010 as Rector of the school. Father Bongard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing from Temple University, a Master of Arts Degree in Theology and a Master of Divinity Degree both from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Villanova University.

In addition to his time at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and Roman Catholic High School for Boys, Father Bongard also served in various roles at several other Archdiocesan high schools including: School Minister and Athletic Director at the former Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School (Montgomery County), Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs at the former Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia); President and Principal of the former Saint Pius X High School (Montgomery County).

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Kenneth A. Gavin
Director of Communications

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