Schools office names distinguished educators for the 2021-2022 academic year

The honorees will be profiled in the Catholic Schools Week section of The Catholic Post next month and recognized at a Mass and luncheon marking the end of the school year in May.

This week the Office of Catholic Schools announced the names of the Distinguished Pastor, Principal and Teacher who are being honored for outstanding service this year. They are Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., pastor of Holy Family Parish and School in Peoria; Patsy Santen, principal of St. Vincent de Paul School, Peoria; and Vanessa Fite, kindergarten teacher at Visitation Catholic School, Kewanee.

They will be recognized by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at a Mass and luncheon marking the end of the school year on May 3, 2022.

Father Paul Joseph came to Holy Family as parochial vicar in 2014 and was named pastor in 2018. In her letter to him, Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, said, “We are most grateful for the many years that you have given guidance and support to not only our office, but also to the school communities and educational apostolates in which you have served.”

This is Patsy Santen’s eighth year at the helm of St. Vincent de Paul School. Weiss cited her skill, passion, love and dedication to the students, staff, parents and guardians, and alumni, and said she appreciated Santen’s cooperation and assistance to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop Tylka and the Office of Catholic Schools.

In writing to Fite, Weiss thanked her “for all that you do each and every day to further the teaching mission of Jesus Christ and His Church in the Diocese of Peoria and at Visitation Catholic School.”

Complete profiles the distinguished educators will be included in the Catholic Schools Week section of The Catholic Post, coming Jan. 30, 2022.

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