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Cor Jesu Academy Announces New President

Sr. Barbara Thomas, ASCJ, Provincial Superior for the Mary, Queen of Apostles (United States) Province of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cor Jesu Academy, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new president for Cor Jesu Academy.

Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., will become the school’s second president, succeeding Sr. Barbara.

“The Board of Directors, together with Sr. Mary Grace, spent the last several months discerning this assignment,” says Sr. Barbara. “In identifying Cor Jesu’s next president, it was of utmost importance to us that we appoint someone whose leadership would be grounded in the charism of Blessed Clelia Merloni, foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Additionally, Sr. Mary Grace’s extensive resume in education speaks for itself. We are beyond delighted that she has accepted this role, and look forward to her tenure at Cor Jesu with great enthusiasm.”

Sr. Mary Grace currently serves as the Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis, and as the President of Saint Thomas Seminary in the Archdiocese of Hartford. In these positions, she is responsible for the continuum of Catholic education and formation for all the faithful of the archdiocese, as well as the supervision and coordination of the offices that serve Catholic schools, faith formation in parishes, youth and young adult ministry, adult faith formation, Hispanic catechesis, the Hartford Catholic Biblical School, and the permanent diaconate program.

Prior to her work with the Archdiocese of Hartford, Sr. Mary Grace was Superintendent and Secretary of Catholic Education and Faith Formation in the Diocese of Bridgeport from 2006 to 2015. She has also served as an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator in seven archdioceses and dioceses throughout the country. From 1987 to 1992 she taught English and Theology at Cor Jesu.

“I am grateful to Sr. Barbara Thomas and the Cor Jesu Board of Directors for appointing me to serve as the next president of Cor Jesu Academy,” says Sr. Mary Grace. “I look forward to returning to this amazing school community where I spent five wonderful years early in my educational ministry.”

Sr. Mary Grace has a B.A. in English from Albertus Magnus College, an M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Saint Louis University and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration/Church Leadership from Fordham University.

She was appointed to the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Provincial Council for the Mary, Queen of Apostles Province in July. Currently, she serves as a Trustee of the Foundations in Education and the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools, on the Advisory Council of the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education. Sister has participated in educational conferences in the United States and internationally, and has frequently presented at these conferences on topics related to Catholic school governance.

Sr. Veronica Beato, ASCJ ‘74 assumed the role of interim president upon Sr. Barbara’s departure in July 2019. She will return to serving full-time as principal for the 2020-2021 school year.

Sr. Mary Grace will begin her new role as president of Cor Jesu effective July 1, 2020.

About Cor Jesu Academy
Cor Jesu Academy, a Catholic, college-preparatory school founded by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, offers an academically challenging program, committed to the total education of young women. Inspired by the charism “Sharing the Love of the Heart of Christ,” students embrace personal dignity, faith, integrity and compassion. Empowered intellectually, spiritually, and morally, graduates serve as responsible members of the global community.


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