The New Executive Director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education in the U.S.

John Mary Fleming

Dominican Sister John Mary Fleming, a member of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee, has been named Executive Director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She succeeds Marie Powell, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

Sr. Fleming holds a licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America, a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a master of education degree in educational leadership and supervision from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in education from Belmont University, Nashville.

Sr. Fleming was former principal of St Henry School in Nashville, director of education for her religious congregation (2000-2007), interim vice president of operations at Aquinas College, Nashville (2000-2001) and coordinator of her congregation’s $46 million mother house building project (2000-2006).

She served on the board of Aquinas College (2000-2007) and currently she is a board member of Providence Academy, Minneapolis. In 2012, she also served on the 10-member team to develop a program for the year of Faith for the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. She is currently completing her second term as the principal of St. Dominic School, Bolingbrook, Illinois.

According to Sr. Fleming, she considers it an honour to her congregation that she has been appointed executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "I think what the USCCB is doing is reaching out to a community whose focus and passion is education,"

The Nashville Dominicans, in their traditional white habit, are one of the fastest growing communities of religious sisters in the U.S. with steady growth since the 1980s. The congregation was founded in 1860 and is dedicated to the apostolate of education. The sisters operate more than 30 schools in 19 dioceses and archdioceses in the U.S., as well as in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Archdiocese of Sydney.

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