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Another piece of the puzzle is finally in place in the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS), following an appointment by Bishop Donald Trautman.
Fr. Jim Faluszczak was named the Vice President for Catholic Mission for ECCSS on Wednesday afternoon during a brief meeting held at the Elk County Catholic High School chapel for faculty and staff members of St. Marys Catholic Elementary School, St. Marys Catholic Middle School, and Elk County Catholic High School.
"It's an exciting time for Catholic education in Elk County," said Fr. Michael Ferrick, president of ECCSS, following Wednesday's announcement.
Ferrick addressed attendees on Wednesday afternoon prior to introducing Faluszczak. During those remarks, he noted that the position of Vice President for Catholic Mission was written into the bylaws when ECCSS was created. Ferrick added that Bishop Trautman's decision to appoint Faluszczak to the position illustrates his support of the school system.
"Whether we want to embrace it or not, we're a Catholic institution and not just in curriculum, but in everything we do - in our actions and the way we treat others," Ferrick said. "I see Fr. Jim's position - he's like the pastor of the school system - his primary responsibility is for the Catholicity and the spiritual well-being. If we think about that, [we see] how lucky we are that the bishop sees that as important and sees the importance of bringing another priest into our school system."
As he introduced Faluszczak to the ECCSS faculty and staff, many of whom were at least somewhat familiar with him from his time serving as campus minister at ECCHS a decade ago, Ferrick also indicated that this is still a time of transition for the school system as the various components continue to strive to find the best way to work together.