The Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (OCE) and Faith in the Future are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. James Meredith as Principal of Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford (Montgomery County) effective July 1, 2015. He joins the Pope John Paul II community after serving at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia as a teacher and administrator for the last 14 years, including his current position as principal since 2013. Mr. Meredith’s appointment follows the retirement of current principal, Sister Janet Purcell, IHM, who will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Sister Janet has given 54 years of service to Catholic education.
Pope John Paul II High School President, Dr. Louis Giuliano said, “Mr. Meredith brings to our community an extensive background as an administrator of Catholic secondary education. He has served the Archbishop Ryan High School community honorably as a teacher and administrator for the last 14 years. Both his background and his experience make him a solid choice to help lead our school into a new era of innovation and growth. Pope John Paul II is a vibrant example of Catholic education in Montgomery County and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and we look forward to Mr. Meredith joining our community. Additionally, we are grateful to Sister Janet for her tireless dedication and service to our students, faculty and staff and we offer her prayerful best wishes for her much deserved retirement. ”
Mr. Meredith holds his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics from DeSales University in Center Valley (Lehigh County) as well as a Master Degree in Educational Leadership from Cabrini College in Radnor (Delaware County). Prior to his time serving Archbishop Ryan High School, he was a teacher at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School (Delaware County) as well as a 5th grade teacher at Saint Katherine of Siena Parish School in the Torresdale section of Philadelphia. Additionally, he served as a staff writer for the sports department of the Intelligencer Newspaper in Doylestown (Bucks County). Mr. Meredith and his wife, Kate, have five daughters and reside in Saint Cecilia’s Parish in Northeast Philadelphia.