Keeping the Charism Alive
In August 2010, the Christian Brothers announced that they would no longer be able to staff Bishop Hendricken due to declining vocations. While the school community was saddened by the news, it was heartened by the strong foundation of excellence that the brothers left. To this day, the Essential Elements of a Christian Brother education continue to be the guiding lights of our school, our community, and our mission. Our school community is tremendously grateful for the work of all 68 Christian Brothers who staffed our school for over 40 years.
Amid the departure of the Christian Brothers, Bishop Hendricken High School named John A. Jackson ’71 its first lay president in September 2010. Under his tenure, Jackson guided the transition of the school, upholding the values of Blessed Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers, and reaffirming its Catholic identity. To this end, the school continued to thrive and grow academically, athletically, artistically, and in service.
In June 2018, the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence, appointed Mark R. DeCiccio ’03 as Bishop Hendricken’s newest principal. Named 2018 Rhode Island First Year Principal, DeCiccio is known as a highly collaborative educator who focuses on creating a positive and safe school culture through supportive relationships and dedicated leadership.
In December 2018, Reverend Robert L. Marciano ’75, KHS was appointed Bishop Hendricken’s newest president by the Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin. A 1975 graduate, pastor of neighboring St. Kevin Church and School, and administrator of neighboring St. Benedict Parish, Fr. Marciano has over 30 years of experience in various pastoral settings including parish administration, parochial school administration, military and public service chaplaincies, community boards and civic involvement.