Diocese of Alexandria Catholic School Superintendent Retires

The Diocese of Alexandria announced the retirement of Catholic Schools Superintendent, Mr. Thomas E. Roque, Sr. effective Aug. 4. Roque has served the diocese as superintendent for the past twelve years during which time the schools advanced in many important areas and successfully navigated the challenges of the global pandemic. The Diocese of Alexandria Catholic Schools’ Office assists the bishop in implementing his vision for Catholic education and provides support to principals and pastors of the eight schools located in the Diocese.

Accepting Roque’s decision, Bishop Robert Marshall stated, “The Diocese of Alexandria is very grateful to Roque for his dedicated service as Superintendent. He was of great assistance to me when I arrived in Alexandria in 2020, helping me to learn about our parishes and schools. Roque noted in his letter to me that he reached this decision after prayer and consultation with his family. Our heartfelt prayers go with him and his family in all their future endeavors.”

In this interim period, Sylvia Davis will serve as the Coordinator of the Catholic Schools and will be assisted in this task by Janet Burgess.

Davis is presently the Curriculum Specialist for Middle and High Schools and the Administrative Secretary for the Catholic Schools Office.

Davis is a retired public school educator who taught in both public schools and our Catholic schools for 47 years. Burgess is the Curriculum Specialist for Elementary Grades as well as the Child Nutrition Supervisor for the Catholic Schools Office. Burgess is a retired public school principal with 43 years of experience.

The Catholic Schools Office will continue to provide support for our Catholic schools to ensure that we offer the highest quality education for our young people. Over the next months, the Diocese will undertake a thorough assessment of the present and future needs of the schools and of the Catholic Schools Office.

Questions may be directed to Deacon Richard Mitchell: dcnrmitchell@diocesealex.org