March 14, 2014
Father Michael Hermes to step down as Bishop Ward H.S. President
effective June 30, 2014
KANSAS CITY – Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann announced today that Father Michael Hermes, President of Bishop Ward High School, will begin serving in full-time parish ministry effective July 1, 2014. Father Hermes has served as president of Bishop Ward High School since March 2005 and is also pastor of Holy Name Parish in Kansas City, Kansas.
Archbishop Naumann lauded Father Hermes for his excellent work as president of Ward High School. “It has been a blessing that I have been able to assign a priest with as many gifts as Father Hermes to serve as the President for Bishop Ward for nine years,” Archbishop Naumann said. “Under Father Hermes’ leadership, Bishop Ward High School has strengthened its faith formation and its academic programs, while improving its facilities and building a good financial foundation. Thanks to Father Hermes, Bishop Ward’s board, faculty and staff, Bishop Ward High School is positioned well for the future. I am committed to working with the board to find the best possible successor, who will build upon Bishop Ward’s rich tradition.”
Father Hermes said he values his time at Bishop Ward High School. “Forming students at Bishop Ward in their Catholic-Christian faith and helping to prepare them for academic success in college has been an honor for me.” While Father Hermes said he will miss the Ward Community of students, faculty and families, “I am prepared and grateful that the Archbishop has asked me to serve full-time in parish ministry.
Father Hermes will not totally lose contact with the Bishop Ward community. Archbishop Naumann has asked him to continue in a volunteer role with the school’s endowment committee to ensure that the Bishop Ward Endowment Fund reaches the $10 million mark. Archbishop Naumann said he is pleased that Father Hermes “has agreed to help continue to build up the school’s endowment in order to sustain the future of the school.” Father Hermes added, “I look forward to serving as a volunteer on the Bishop Ward Endowment Committee and will work with alumni to continue to grow the endowment – to ensure that Bishop Ward stays on 18th Street for future generations of Cyclones.”
A public search, coordinated by the Archdiocesan Office for Catholic Schools, will begin immediately to identify the next president for Bishop Ward High School.