Diocesan News

New Principals of Catholic Schools/Academies

In the back row, from left, are: Danielle Walden; Brother Larry Lavallee, F.M.S.; Mary Bellone; and Christopher Stein. Bottom: Lisa Kennedy; Barbara McArdle; Roxanna Elder; Christopher Scharbach; and Sr. Dolores Crepeau, C.S.J.

New principals or those who are new to the Diocese of Brooklyn are required to participate in the St. Frances Cabrini Institute: a three-year program that culminates with a professional development certificate granted by Fordham University.

The purpose of the Cabrini Institute is to provide training, mentoring and professional services on a regular basis for new principals. This mandated program anticipates the needs of the novice administrator to implement the requirements of the Leadership Standards, to encourage student achievement and to improve and advance the educational program within the school/academy while strengthening Catholic Identity.

The St. Frances Cabrini Institute strives to enable principals to strongly exercise spiritual and academic leadership in the Catholic Elementary School/Academy reflecting the skills necessary for success in promoting the mission and vision of Catholic education within the Diocese of Brooklyn.

New Principals of Recently Formed Academies


James McKeon – St. Anselm Catholic Academy, Bay Ridge

Brother Lawrence Lavellee, F.M.S. – St. Brigid Catholic Academy,  Bushwick

Sister Kieran Nduagbo, D.D.L. – St. Jerome Catholic Academy, East Flatbush

Danielle Walden – Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy, Queens Village

Roxanna Elder – Salve Regina Catholic Academy, East New York


New Principals at Parish Schools


Mary Bellone – Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic School, Mill Basin

Sister Dolores Crepeau, C.S.J. – Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School, Dyker Heights

Lisa Kennedy – St. Camillus Catholic School, Rockaway Beach

Christopher Scharbach – St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, Belle Harbor

Christopher Stein – St. Mel Catholic School, Flushing

Joseph Venticinque – St. Pancras Catholic School, Glendale

Joseph Carpenter – St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School, Woodhaven

Diane Competello – St. Athanasius Catholic School, Bensonhurst

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