Catholic schools in Boston get interim supervisor

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston appointed a temporary administrator Tuesday to oversee its schools in the region.

Mary E. Moran will assume the interim leadership position after serving as special projects manager for the Catholic schools since last year. Mary Grassa O’Neill recently stepped down as superintendent after five years.

“It is an honor to have been asked to serve the archdiocese as the temporary administrator,” Moran said in a statement.


“My primary goal during this transition period is to work collaboratively with the [Catholic Schools Office] team . . . to invite and engage others to work with us on behalf of families and students.”

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Before coming to Boston, Moran was the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Manchester, in New Hampshire. She was also a principal at St. Augustine School in Andover and at St. Joseph’s School in Lewiston, Maine.

“Mary has spent virtually her entire career committed to Catholic education,” Bishop Robert P. Deeley, the archdiocese’s vicar general, said in a statement. “During this transition, we are blessed to have a leader who clearly articulates the essential goals and mission of Catholic education.”

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Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect location for St. Augustine School. The school is located in North Andover.