The President/Principal model is found in roughly 55% of Catholic and private high schools in America. Morris Catholic began this model in the late 1990's under Fr. Paul Manning as he became the first President within the model. Fr. Paul was succeeded by Mrs. Judy Berg and in 2009 by Michael St. Pierre until 2016. Dr. Robert Stickles served as interim President until June 2017 and has been succeeded by Fr. Peter Clarke.
Father Peter Clarke, President
Fr. Peter Clarke, upon graduating from St. Mary's Seminary and University in 2004, was ordained a Priest on May 29, 2004 by Bishop Rodimer. He was then assigned to St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Stirling, NJ as Parochial Vicar. Two years later, Fr. Peter was assigned to DePaul Catholic High School as Chaplain. In 2011, Fr. Peter was then appointed Principal of St. Brendan Catholic School in Clifton, NJ.
Before entering the seminary, Fr. Peter graduated from Centenary College in 1997 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. In 1999, Fr. Peter graduated from New York University with a Master of Arts in Education Administration. In 2004, he graduated from St. Mary's Seminary and University with a Master of Arts in Theology. Upon completion of his dissertation, Fr. Peter will graduate from The College of St. Elizabeth with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Mr. Robert Loia, M.A., Principal
Mr. Loia joined Morris Catholic in July 2013. Prior to his current role, Mr. Loia was the Head of School at Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Arkansas. Prior to that, he served as the middle school guidance counselor for Delbarton School in Morristown. Mr. Loia has also served as head of the Middle School for St. Anselm’s Abbey School in Washington, DC, and as an instructor and coach at Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, Md.
"It is a great honor for my family and me to join the Morris Catholic High School community," Mr. Loia said shortly after it was announced that he would become Morris Catholic's principal. "I am very pleased to be joining a school with such a strong commitment to both academic excellence and the faith formation of students. We are looking forward to our association with Morris Catholic for years to come."
Mr. Loia holds a Master’s of Arts in education from Loyola College, Baltimore, Md., and a Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Mr. Loia attended St. Virgil School in Morris Plains and Delbarton School in Morristown.
He and his wife, Betty, are the proud parents of six children.
(He is a Yankees fan).