Terry Granger has partnered with the Viatorians for nearly 15 years, serving as
principal of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, as well as on a mission advisory committee for the congregation.
For the last two years, Granger has served as principal of both Maternity BVM and Bishop McNamara High School, lending his vision for Catholic education and strong leadership to both institutions.
Now, his active role in both schools is drawing notice.
This month, Granger was named Principal of the Year by officials with Lewis University, a Catholic university located in Romeoville, IL, which is part of the Joliet Diocese. Granger will receive award — named for the late Bishop Roger Kaffer — on April 28, and he has asked several Viatorians to attend the breakfast with him.
“He is absolutely one of the finest principals we’ve had,” says Fr. Richard Pighini, CSV, pastor. “He is a great leader, innovator and has taken Maternity School to great heights in education.
“But more than that, he’s a man of deep faith,” Fr. Pighini adds, “and an active participant in the sacramental life of this parish.”
The award is sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education. Candidates must have a clear philosophy of Catholic education and provide effective faith leadership, while demonstrating a commitment to excellence that is evident through school programs.
“I came on board the same year as Terry,” says Fr. James Michaletz, CSV, former associate pastor of Maternity BVM. “I’ve always thought he was a great person and tremendous leader.”
The award ceremony took place on the main campus of Lewis University, and drew more than 100 principals, educators and support staff from around the Diocese of Joliet.