John Petruzzelli’s plans to take a break from Catholic schooling didn’t fairly work out.
The previous Bethlehem Catholic Excessive College principal was going to take a number of months off after stepping down as head of Kolbe Academy, the nation’s first Catholic restoration highschool for college kids with alcohol and drug issues.
His break didn’t final lengthy. St. Elizabeth Excessive College got here calling. Petruzzelli has been named the brand new principal of the Benedictine faculty in Wilmington, Delaware. The previous BeCa Golden Hawk is changing into a St. Elizabeth Viking, once more.
Petruzzelli has served the varsity earlier than as a instructor and head of admissions.
Regionally, he was principal at Bethlehem Catholic from 2010 to 2017 earlier than leaving for St. Joseph’s Preparatory College in Philadelphia. He returned to the Lehigh Valley in 2018 to create Kolbe Academy in Bethlehem. The Diocese of Allentown’s restoration faculty is now transferring to Tub.
At Bethlehem Catholic, “Mr. P” was recognized for his enthusiasm and for being current at many faculty occasions.
“So I by no means noticed this coming,” Petruzzelli mentioned on social media in regards to the St. Elizabeth job. “After deciding to step down from Kolbe I deliberate to take a number of months off and recharge the batteries. However God intervened.”
He mentioned that he’ll function the highschool’s interim principal for one yr.
“His ardour lies in cultivating future leaders inside his faculties,” in response to an announcement from St. Elizabeth. The Catholic faculty serves college students in pre-school by elementary and highschool. St. Elizabeth has about 430 college students whole, in response to its web site. The highschool has about 200 college students.
St. Elizabeth is co-educational and personal, “rooted within the Benedictine custom of hospitality, service & humility, prayer & work, and stability,” in response to its web site.
The Order of St. Benedict is a spiritual order throughout the Catholic church that fosters a way of neighborhood and a love of studying.
Petruzzelli mentioned in his social media publish that he’s wanting to rejoin the St. Elizabeth College for the following yr. He additionally commented on how his plans have been outmoded by the next energy.
“Man plans and God laughs,” he wrote, citing a Yiddish proverb.