HARTFORD, Conn. – (Nov. 9, 2016) Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has appointed Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D. President of Saint Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, CT. In this role, she is responsible for the academic administration and accreditation, including the certificate programs in Religious and Biblical Studies and the Archbishop O’Brien Library at the seminary. As president, she also serves on the board of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education (HCHE).
In addition to this new position, Sr. Mary Grace is Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Hartford and directs the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis which supports Catholic Schools, parish Religious Education programs, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Campus Ministry, Adult Faith Formation/RCIA, Hispanic Catechesis, the Hartford Catholic Biblical School, and the Office of Permanent Diaconate Education.
Prior to beginning her role as provost in January 2016, Sr. Mary Grace served in diocesan administration in the Diocese of Bridgeport for ten years, most recently as Secretary of Catholic Education and Faith Formation and Superintendent of Schools. Earlier in her career, Sr. Mary Grace served as an elementary and secondary school teacher and principal in the Archdioceses of New York and St. Louis and the Dioceses of Metuchen, Pittsburgh and Providence.
Born and raised in New Haven, CT, Sr. Mary Grace Walsh is a member of the religious congregation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which has its U.S. Provincialate in Hamden, CT. She is a graduate of St. Aedan School in New Haven, Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden and holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Saint Louis University. She earned her Ph.D. Educational Administration and Supervision/Church Leadership from Fordham University, NY.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford