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February 14, 2006
Hanbury Appointed to Archdiocesan Education Post
Rev. Kevin M. Hanbury, Ed. D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark and associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services of Seton Hall University, has been appointed by Newark Archbishop John J. Myers to the post of archdiocesan Vicar for Education and Superintendent of Schools.
He will assume his duties as the senior archdiocesan official in charge of Catholic elementary and high schools and parish-based religious education programs on July 1, 2006.
Sr. Dominica Rocchio, S.C., who has served as archdiocesan Superintendent of Schools since 1992 and as Secretary for Education and Superintendent since 1995, informed Archbishop Myers in the fall of 2005 that her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of New York, had requested that she take time for personal study and enrichment at the end of this current school year before seeking a new assignment.
Such a sabbatical is considered typical for Religious men and women who have been serving in a responsible ministry for a considerable number of years.
In selecting Fr. Hanbury as Vicar for Education, Archbishop Myers pointed to his extensive experience in the field of education – particularly in the training of teachers.
"For more than ten years as a director of Graduate Studies, professor and associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University," Myers stated, "Fr. Hanbury has been responsible for guiding and shaping hundreds of private and public school teachers and for instilling Catholic values in their professional formation.
He has founded and directed Seton Hall's highly regarded Educational Partners in Catholic Schools (EPICS) and Catholic School Leadership programs, Masters degree programs that prepare both new and veteran teachers to serve as Catholic school administrators and supervisors.
"His experience also extends beyond teaching at the university level, and includes almost ten years of service in the Religious Studies department of Seton Hall Prep as a teacher, spiritual director, and department chair. Such hands-on experience, coupled with vast knowledge at the theoretical and strategic direction levels, will serve this Archdiocese well in the coming years as we continue to seek long-term solutions for strong, viable Catholic schools."
The role of Vicar for Education encompasses not only direction for all Catholic schools within the Archdiocese, but also the full range of parish-based religious education programs. Fr. Hanbury brings an extensive resume of accomplishments in this field, including service as director of religious education at Holy Family parish in Nutley following his ordination in 1972 and as assistant dean of Campus Ministry at Seton Hall University.
In addition to his doctorate in Education with a specialization in Administration and Supervision in Higher Education from Seton Hall, he holds a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Immaculate Conception Seminary, an Education Specialist certification, ands a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages, both from Seton Hall. Father Hanbury serves as a consultant to several leading publishers of religion textbooks, is a nationally known-figure, author and frequent speaker and presenter on the topics of education and religious education. He was ordained a priest for service in the Archdiocese of Newark in 1972.
In commenting on Fr. Hanbury's immediate predecessor, Archbishop Myers stated: "I wish to express both my personal gratitude and that of everyone in the Archdiocese of Newark for the extraordinary service to our Catholic families that Sr. Dominica Rocchio has given as Secretary for Education for these 14 years. Her service to the education community also extends to the national scene, representing the Archdiocese as a member of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Public Policy and Catholic Schools, as consultant to the USCCB Committee on Education, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association.
For the majority of her tenure as Secretary of Education, there have been many challenges, most especially those dealing with the future strategic direction of our Catholic Schools. She has faced them with grace, intelligence and strength, and provided the Archdiocese with valuable advice and insight."
The Vicariate for Education of the Archdiocese of Newark is responsible for developing and supporting the general and religious education efforts for 149 Catholic elementary and high schools and 230 parish-based religious education and sacramental preparation programs. Today, the Archdiocese of Newark schools serve some 48,000 students in grades pre-K through 12, and parish religious education program provide faith formation for some 75,000 Catholic children.