Dear Friends in Christ,

As you know, our Principal Search Committee has been engaged in an almost year long process with a national search to find a new principal for Prince of Peace Catholic School.  I will be forever grateful to Marianne Tully, who took the reins of our award-winning school in the summer of 2017 during a difficult period of transition.  As Interim Principal, she has done an incredible job of reconnecting our parish with its school, and helping it refocus on its spiritual as well as academic mission.  She is to be commended for her patience, tenacity and professionalism in guiding our school to where it is today.  Leadership is important, and the brave souls who formed part of the Principal Search Committee have spent innumerable hours in finding the right person to move us to the next level as Prince of Peace Catholic School.

The Committee has presented to me a unanimous recommendation, which I have accepted.  Mr Steve Cunningham, who is presently the Principal of St Ann’s, an independent Catholic school in Laguna Niguel, California, has accepted the challenge and joy of being the next Principal of the chief apostolate of our parish for handing on the Catholic faith in a rigorous academic environment, the school.

This link (Principal Search Committee’s Report and Recommendation of Steve Cunningham) explains the process the Principal Search Committee went through to reach their recommendation, as well as Mr Cunningham’s CV and some reference letters you will not want to miss.  He and his wife, Jese, are excited about their move in the summer.  We are planning a series of meetings for late February for you all to meet him and get a chance to see why we are very confident in his leadership in communion with the clergy and staff of Prince of Peace Parish.  Please pray for him and his family, and we look forward to welcoming Mr Cunningham as part of our spiritual home.

I want to thank the members of the Principal Search Committee for their untiring work on this important decision:

  • Deacon Bob Smith
  • Deacon Gus Suarez
  • Phil Head
  • Beverly Farley
  • Kelly Herd
  • Emily Brown
  • Tiffany Antici
  • Steph Lasitter
  • Floyd Anderson
  • Robin Marlar

Yours in Christ,

Fr Christopher Smith, PhD/STD

Pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School