ROYERSFORD PA – There’s been an apparent changing of the guard in the administration of Pope John Paul II High School, 181 Rittenhouse Rd.
Dr. Louis M. Giuliano has been named school president, its website briefly but officially announced Thursday (July 19, 2012). He succeeds former president the Rev. Alan J. Okon Jr., who was re-assigned to pastoral duties in Norristown PA.
No explanation of the change has yet been publicly offered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which owns and operates the school and normally is prompt in issuing a press release on such matters. The succession, however, seems to be on the minds of some of the high school’s affected students, family members and alumni, who alerted The Post.
Giuliano has served since 1990 as the archdiocese’s assistant director of educational financial services, and from 1987 to 1990 he was director of high school operations for its Office of Catholic Education, according to the school website. “All of us in the PJPII community welcome him and ask God to bless him as he undertakes his new leadership position for our school community,” it added.
The website makes no reference to Okon, who was installed as founding president of the then newly constructed school before its opening in 2010, following the closing and merger of Pope Pius X High School on North Keim Street in Lower Pottsgrove, and Kennedy-Kenrick High School on East Johnson Highway in Norristown.
However, Okon’s name appeared Sunday (July 22) in a new role: as one of two pastors “in residence” at Holy Savior Parish, 407 E. Main St., Norristown. Its weekly bulletin distributed to parishoners noted his arrival in its masthead.
The shifts in duties for Giuliano and Okon coincide with the archdiocese’s announcement, also made Thursday, that the Office of Catholic Education had appointed Dr. Carol A. Cary as its new superintendent of secondary schools, (of which Pope John Paul II is one of 17), and Jacqueline P. Coccia as new superintendent of elementary schools.
Both Cary, who is the office’s former director of secondary curriculum, instruction and professional development, and Coccia, formerly its director of elementary education, have worked closely with Giuliano in the past.