Episode 13

The Principal's Office

October 30th, 2018

30 mins 26 secs

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We interview Veronica Tucker, the new principal of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School! She gives us her education, theology, and family background while Gomer does his best to interrupt and make it all about him!

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  • Fr. Tom introduces Principal Tucker! — Veronica’s leadership skills and passion for faith-filled Catholic education are evident in her academic background which includes a B.A. in Pre-Professional Studies and Theology from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from the University of San Diego, and a Catholic School Leadership Certification from Creighton University. Additionally, Veronica will complete her M.S. from Creighton University in May 2019. Veronica has served the Diocese of Fort Worth for the past 12 years and is eager to join The Woodlands community this summer. While at Notre Dame, Veronica met her husband Aaron and together they have four children. Their oldest, Abby, will be a freshman at Frassati Catholic High School in the fall. Luke will be in 6th grade at St. Anthony of Padua. And her youngest two, Joey and Davidson, will both be in Kindergarten at St. Anthony of Padua.
  • Our Parish School — Founded in 2001 as part of the Catholic parish of St. Anthony of Padua, we serve students in Pre-K3 through 8th grade in The Woodlands, Texas.
  • History of the Catholic Church in the United States — Meanwhile the Catholic population continued to expand. By about 1776, it reached approximately 25,000 in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York State alone. Not long after the American Revolution, John Carroll, cousin of Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll, saw his dream of a Catholic college take root with the 1789 establishment of Georgetown. The Bill of Rights, with the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom, helped Catholics further cement their place in post-Revolutionary America. John Carroll was appointed prefect of the United States of America in 1784 and bishop of Baltimore in 1789. Baltimore, the premier see, or first diocese in the country, was elevated to an archdiocese in 1808. Archbishop Carroll died in 1815. (There are now 195 Catholic dioceses and eparchies in the United States, with some 450 active and retired bishops.)