June 6, 2014

Fort Worth Diocese announces interim principal for Nolan

A interim principal was announced Friday as Nolan Catholic High School prepares for changes.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth named a interim principal to Nolan Catholic High School Friday — a little more than a month after a switch in leadership was announced for the school.

Bishop Michael F. Olson of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth named Benedict V. Reyes as interim principal of the high school effective July 1.

Reyes’s leadership comes one day after the end of a five-decade leadership run by the Marianists. Reyes, who is currently assistant principal for academics at Nolan, will replace current principal Cathy Buckingham. Buckingham is resigning at the end of the month, school officials said.

“The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and the Nolan Catholic community are eternally grateful to Mrs. Buckingham for her dedicated work as a teacher and administrator at Nolan,” Bishop Olson said in a prepared statement.

In 1961, the Marianist Brothers joined the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur to provide coed secondary education. The school operated under the name Our Lady Victory until 1964, when its name was changed to honor Monsignor Robert M. Nolan — a Catholic Charities leader.

Nolan Catholic has been guided by the Society of Mary, or Marianists, since its opening. But in April, officials announced the Rev. Richard Villa would leave as president and end the Marianist leadership this month.

Officials said the change in management was looming for years after the number of Marianists have dwindled. The order is consolidating its resources at Marianist-owned schools, school officials said.

The school served over 900 students this past academic year.

The Diocese is in the middle of a national search to for a new president to replace Villa.

Reyes has been with Nolan Catholic since 2005, and become assistant principal for academics in 2009.

“Nolan Catholic, like each of the 20 schools within the Diocese, is a source of evangelization, faith formation and academic excellence. No ministry is more important than the spiritual and intellectual formation of our children,” Bishop Olson said.

This story contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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