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Cor Jesu Academy President Appointed to NCEA Board of Directors

Cor Jesu Academy is excited to announce that the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has appointed school president, Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors.

Since its founding in 1904, NCEA has grown to become the largest private professional education association in the world. The organization works with Catholic educators to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. 

“I am grateful to Bishop Kicanas and the Board of Directors of NCEA for inviting me to join in supporting the mission of this important organization,” Sr. Mary Grace said. “Our Catholic schools provide vital resources to our communities, and I look forward to working with NCEA to further enhance the opportunities available to students and educators.” 

As a member of the Board, Sr. Mary Grace will work with NCEA to support Catholic school educators and leaders in ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. Her appointment comes alongside that of Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Orlando, FL, Henry Fortier. 

"NCEA is blessed to have the expertise of Sr. Mary Grace as part of the NCEA Board of Directors. Her insight and contributions will be valuable to the mission of NCEA," said Kathy Mears, NCEA Interim President/CEO. 

As president of Cor Jesu, Sr. Mary Grace serves as the chief executive officer of the academy, provides overall leadership and vision, and bears ultimate responsibility for the integration of faith and learning. Prior to her position at Cor Jesu Academy, Sr. Mary Grace served as the provost for education, evangelization and catechesis and the president of Saint Thomas Seminary in the Archdiocese of Hartford. She also she served as superintendent and later secretary of Catholic education and faith formation in the Diocese of Bridgeport. She has been an elementary and secondary school teacher, and administrator in seven arch/dioceses throughout the country in parochial, diocesan and religious congregation-sponsored schools. Sr. Mary Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Albertus Magnus College, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Saint Louis University and earned a Ph.D. in educational administration/church leadership from Fordham University.