MOBILE — Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi has announced that Chad Barwick has been selected as the next Superintendent / Director of Catholic Education for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of …
MOBILE — Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi has announced that Chad Barwick has been selected as the next Superintendent / Director of Catholic Education for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Mobile, which includes schools located in Baldwin County.
"Mr. Barwick is well-known and respected in the Archdiocese of Mobile. He was raised in Montgomery and as a graduate of Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School and a former principal of Montgomery Catholic Middle and High school, he is very familiar with our Archdiocese. In addition, he brings 23 years of experience in education having served as a teacher, and as President of St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, Georgia, and Head of School at Archbishop Hannan High School in Covington, Louisiana," Rodi said.
"He has demonstrated proven ability to educate and lead educators. He is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Notre Dame. He is a faith-filled Catholic and is passionate about Catholic education. It is a pleasure to welcome him home to the Archdiocese of Mobile."
Barwick has been head of school at Archbishop Hannan High School since July 2020. He served as president of St. Pius X in Atlanta from July, 2016, until July, 2020, and as principal at Montgomery Catholic from July, 2012, to July, 2016.
He received a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from Auburn University in 1998, a master's degree in education from the University of Notre Dame in 2002 as well as a master's degree in educational administration from Notre Dame in 2011.
Barwick and his wife, Christine, have six children ranging in ages from 3 to 16. They each attend Catholic schools.
Barwick will begin in July. He will succeed Gwen Byrd, who announced her retirement effective at the end of the 2022-23 school year.
"I am humbled and grateful to his excellency for this chance to serve my home Archdiocese and the wonderful Catholic educational ministry here. It is a blessing to return and reconnect with great leaders and friends, and a supportive clergy. Though there are challenges on the horizon, there are great opportunities ahead for our schools and ministries in Catholic education," Barwick said.
"My gratitude also extends to Ms. Byrd, who has always pushed me to understand my vocation and was instrumental in my formation. The team she has assembled in the department of Catholic education is strong and believes in our catechetical and evangelizing mission. I look forward to working in the vineyard with them. It is a comfort to know my own wife and children will be blessed by the educational mission of the archdiocese and we are excited to be a part of lower Alabama life. Please keep us in prayer as we prepare for this incredible opportunity."
There are 18 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Mobile, which includes three high schools. The Archdiocese encompasses 22,969 square miles and includes the lower 28 counties of the state of Alabama.