Archbishop Paul D.Etienne has given Kennedy Catholic High School President Michael Prato a ˜leave of absence" until the end of the school year folowing a series of protests in the wake of the departure of teachers Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie, who voluntarily resigned after announcing their plans to marry their same sex partners.
Father Bryan Dolejsi was named as the interim president, effective immediately by Archbishop Etienne. Dolesjsi had previously served as chaplain at Kennedy for six years from 2011 to 2017.
"Mike Prato is a highly respected leader, and it is our desire to support him during this challenging time," the Archbishop said in a statement. Please continue praying for him, the faculty and staff and the entire Kennedy Catholic community."
The Archbishop said this in a prepared statement:
To the Kennedy Catholic High School family,