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Father John Fortin Appointed Superintendent of Catholic Schools in New Hampshire

May 03, 2013

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Rev. John R. Fortin, O.S.B., of the class of 1971, has been appointed by Bishop Peter Libasci to serve as the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire.Rev. John R. Fortin, O.S.B., of the class of 1971, has been appointed by Bishop Peter Libasci to serve as the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire.

He will join the diocesan staff full-time on Monday, June 3, leaving his teaching position in the philosophy department at the college.

Fr. John said, "It is a great honor to be named superintendent. I appreciate the confidence that Bishop Libasci has shown in me by this appointment. I plan to join him and the people of the diocese in ensuring and enhancing the future of New Hampshire's Catholic schools. These schools have both a proud tradition of forming young men and women in the faith as well as a long heritage of academic excellence. They have great potential to form the next generation of Catholics engaged in evangelization throughout the diocese. I look forward to working with the priests, principals, faculties, staffs, and parents in our Catholic schools community to assist them in their outstanding efforts to develop and advance the quality and excellence of the schools."

As superintendent, Fr. John will oversee the 28 primary and secondary schools run by the diocese of Manchester including a number of private Catholic schools. He will also develop a long-term strategic plan to enhance and expand the school system throughout the state.

Previously, he served on the Diocese of Manchester Presbyteral Council, chaired the Diocesan Task Force on Education and Formation in 2003-04, served as a member of the Diocesan School Board, and served on the Board of Advisors for Trinity High School.

Having professed vows as a monk of Saint Anselm Abbey in 1970, he graduated with a degree in philosophy from Saint Anselm and pursued theological studies at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Mass., prior to his ordination to the priesthood in 1976.

He holds a master's degree in the great books from St. John's College in Santa Fe, N.M. and a master's degree and a doctorate in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

Following his ordination, he taught and then served as headmaster of Woodside Priory School in Calif.

Since 1981, he has served the college in many capacities: in Campus Ministry, Residential Life, and the Dean of Students, as a member of the Governing Board and Board of Trustees, and he is the founding director of the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies.