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.
Fr. Peter Clarke, Ed.D., 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 graduated from The College of St. Elizabeth with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership in May 2018.
Mr. Robert Loia, M.A., Principal
Mr. Loia was named principal of Morris Catholic in 2013. “I have truly found a home in this wonderful community. These are great students, faculty, and families. My leadership role leaves me humbled and grateful.” Prior to Morris Catholic, Mr. Loia was the Headmaster of Subiaco Academy in Arkansas, a Guidance Counselor at Delbarton School, and Head of the Middle School at St. Anselm’s Abbey School. Mr. Loia has a Master’s degree from Loyola University of Maryland in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. His daughter, Bernadette, graduated from Morris Catholic in June of 2017. He and his wife, Betty, are the parents of six children and reside in Morris Plains. Rob enjoys making wine, camping, playing guitar, gardening, speaking Italian, and drinking coffee with his wife. He is a lifelong Yankees fan.