Father Allen Hoffa has been named Interim Head of School at Marian Catholic High School, effective July 1, 2020.
Father Hoffa succeeds the current principal, Mrs. Jean Susko, who is taking a new leadership role at Marian as Director of Academic Studies.
In addition to providing overall leadership of the school, and promoting its Catholic identity and mission, Father Hoffa will focus on development, on fiscal management, and on improving enrollment. Marian students, faculty, benefactors, and others have worked diligently in recent years to overcome challenges in enrollment and finances at Marian Catholic.
Father Hoffa also will continue in his role as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Summit Hill.
The Board of Directors will begin its search for a permanent principal soon. Father Hoffa’s interim leadership at the school will be for one academic year, unless the search identifies a candidate sooner.
“For over 65 years, Marian Catholic High School has been a beacon of Catholic education excellence in Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties and beyond,” Father Hoffa wrote in a letter to the school community. “Over the next year you will hear me use three words as a road map for our success: excellence, consistency and urgency.”
Father Hoffa was ordained in 2009 and has spent a significant amount of his priestly life in high school ministry. For seven years he was Chaplain of Allentown Central Catholic High School and Director of Campus Ministry there. He is a member of the Marian Catholic Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the Enrollment and Marketing Committee. He also is the Lead Pastor of St. Jerome Regional School in Rush Township.