April 28, 2017
Dear Parents, Alumni, and Friends of Morris Catholic,
I am delighted to share some great news with you. Bishop Arthur Serratelli has appointed Father Peter Clarke to be the next President of Morris Catholic High School, effective July 1, 2017.
Father Peter has exactly the kind of training and experience that make for a terrific Catholic school leader. He holds three degrees: a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Psychology from Centenary University, a Master’s in School Administration from NYU, and a second Master’s in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. He has a fourth degree in progress, a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station. On the experience side, Father Peter was ordained by Bishop Emeritus Rodimer in 2004. Since that time, he has served as Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Sterling, Principal at St. Brendan (an elementary school in Clifton), and Campus Minister at DePaul Catholic, where he now serves as Principal. He is extremely well prepared, and more than ready to take on his new responsibilities.
As extensive as his training and experience is, Father Peter’s deep commitment to schools like ours is equally impressive. He has structured his priestly career around the world of Catholic education, helping to bring a faith-based, quality experience to students of all different ages and backgrounds. Having been raised near Budd Lake, he’s also sensitive to all aspects of our local culture.
These are challenging times for Catholic schools, and Morris Catholic is no exception. But together with those challenges, we enjoy tremendous opportunities as well -- to continue to grow this powerful mission, started sixty years ago, “to strengthen young men and women intellectually and spiritually, so they can develop character, respect for community, and lifelong commitment through the love of Christ.” I know that we will make the best of these opportunities with the vision and leadership Father Peter will bring to our community.
Please join me in thanking Bishop Serratelli for this appointment, and in wishing Father Peter every imaginable success.
Dr. Robert Stickles, Ed.D., J.D.