Would you accept medical care from a 400 year-old doctor? Kathy Mears, the outstanding superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston, posed that question when explaining why innovation is so important to the Catholic schools in Boston. She joins Dr. Tim Uhl on the Catholic School Matters podcast on episode #39. The first Archdiocese in the United States, Boston’s Catholic schools are over 400 years old. No one can argue with their tradition of excellence. But we can’t keep the same models.
Mears shared some of their outstanding initiatives, including Boston College’s efforts at St. Columbkille Partnership School which reversed an underfunded and underenrolled inner-city Catholic school. Now it is a lab school with new governance, more talent, and over 400 students. In another innovation, the Xaverian Brothers adopted an elementary school and have worked to infuse the school with a mission focus and more talent which have resulted in stronger enrollment and a more sustainable future.