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Father Richard Mehm, chaplain of Immaculate Conception Council #13966 in Malden, receives the gift of a stole from Knights of Columbus Mass. State Deputy Michael Baldner after being named Chaplain of Year. Pilot photo/ Courtesy Knights of Columbus

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Schools Office names new area superintendent

The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) has announced that Jorge Hernandez has been appointed as the new Area Superintendent for the Merrimack/North Regions.

Before this new role, Hernandez spent eight years at Merrimack College, most recently as the director of freshman admissions and interim dean of admissions. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Peabody Veterans' Memorial High School where he was an English Language Learner/Bilingual Education and Spanish teacher. Hernandez earned a B.A. from Villanova University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Literacy at Lesley University.

As area superintendent for the Merrimack and North regions, Hernandez will work with approximately 40 schools, Pre-K to grade 12. He will give special attention to promoting enrollment management across the Archdiocese of Boston.

New appointments to CSF board

Mike Reardon, executive director of the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) recently announced the appointment of three new members to the CSF Board of Trustees: Richard H. Chacon, Eileen Shapiro, and John McDonough.

The CSF supports the educational mission of the Church for all students regardless of race, religion, national origin, or gender attending Catholic primary and secondary schools located in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Chacon has recently accepted the role of senior associate director for campaign planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Shapiro is the president of the Hillcrest Group Inc., a business and professional consulting firm based in Cambridge and has been involved with CSF through the Foundation's Leadership Gift Team and Development Committee. McDonough is currently the CEO and president of T2 Biosystems, a venture backed medical diagnostics company. He previously served on the CSF Allocations Committee.

In their new roles, Chacon, Shapiro, and McDonough will lead the efforts of the CSF board to help raise and distribute over $7 million a year in support of Catholic education and the Foundation's signature program, the Inner City Scholarship Fund.

Father Mehm named Mass. K of C Chaplain of the Year

The Massachusetts Knights of Columbus has named Father Richard Mehm of Immaculate Conception Council #13966 in Malden, Chaplain of the Year for the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus.

The announcement was made at a July 31 dinner honoring Bishop Emeritus of Worcester Daniel Reilly, as he stepped down from his post as long-time state chaplain. It was also announced that Bishop Robert Hennessey will assume the role of state chaplain.

Regis nursing program named 'Center of Excellence'

The National League for Nursing has again recognized Regis College nursing programs as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. Regis College is one of eight schools to be chosen for the designation in 2011-2015 and it was one of just six schools chosen for 2008-2011.

The Center of Excellence (COE) notation distinguishes "those schools that demonstrate sustained, evidence-based and substantive innovation; conduct ongoing research to document the effectiveness of such innovation; set high standards for themselves; and are committed to continuous quality improvement." The award, given in three categories, recognizes Regis for "creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development."

Missionary Franciscan Sisters elect new leaders

The Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception recently elected new officials at the order's 20th general chapter held at their "Enrico de Ossa" (House of Hospitality) in Rome. The order's leadership house is in Newton.

Sister Jeanette Gaudet, MFIC, was chosen as General Minister, and Sisters Terentia Hynes, Veronica Weygand and Danielle Julien were elected as Councilors.

The Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception were founded in 1873 by Elizabeth Hayes who would also be known as Mother Mary Ignatius of Jesus. The sisters follow the Third Order Rule of St. Francis of Assisi and serve in social and pastoral services, education, Catechesis, health care, prison ministry, and other areas. They have missions along in Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Egypt, England, Ireland, Italy, Papua New Guinea, Peru and the United States.

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