LICATHOLIC.ORG | Your Source for Local & Global Catholic News 

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Office of Communications

Eugene Fennell Appointed Principal of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School Print E-mail

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, April 26, 2005 - Eugene Fennell has been appointed principal of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Hicksville, N.Y., effective July 1, 2005. Fennell served at Holy Trinity for the past 23 years, first as a teacher and then as dean of students. Fennell will succeed James J. Boglioli, who will retire after 38 years at Holy Trinity H.S. Sister Joanne Callahan, O.S.U., superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre, announced the appointment yesterday to school administrators and faculty. Students and parents will be notified today.

“I’m delighted that Gene has accepted the position,” said Sister Joanne. “His experience as a teacher and dean of students gives him a clear perspective on life at Holy Trinity and I know he will successfully lead this wonderful school into the future. His love for Holy Trinity, his belief in the students and faculty and his knowledge of the school will serve him well.”

“We are also grateful to Jim for his 38 years of dedicated service to Holy Trinity, 18 of which were leading the school as its principal,” said Sister Joanne. “Because of Mr. Baglioli’s leadership, Mr. Fennell takes over a school that is academically excellent and committed to passing on the faith to the next generation of students.”

As assistant principal and dean of students, Fennell was responsible for maintaining a proper learning environment for the 1700 students and staff, enforcing state attendance laws and establishing internal procedures to implement proper attendance in all classes. Additional duties included assisting in school budget and curriculum development, supervision of staff and all student council activities, and the receipt, disbursement and auditing of program funds. During his career at Holy Trinity, Fennell served as coach of the football and lacrosse teams. Fennell also served on the St. John’s University Catholic High School Principal’s Advisory Board, the Middle States Advisory Committee and the National Catholic Education Association.

“I’d like to thank Bishop Murphy and Sister Joanne Callahan for offering me this exceptional opportunity,” said Fennell. “I look forward to leading an academically excellent institution that is committed to passing on the faith to the next generation of students.”

# # #

About Holy Trinity Diocesan High School
Centrally located in Nassau County, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School is a comprehensive, co-educational, 9-12 high school comprised of 1700 students and 113 religious and lay staff operated by the Diocese of Rockville Centre since 1966. Holy Trinity Diocesan High School is accredited by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the United States Department of Education. Holy Trinity Diocesan High School is also the recipient of the Presidential Excellence Award - Exemplary Secondary School, U.S. Department of Education. For more information on Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, visit 

About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3 million). There are 134 parishes in 119 towns. Last year over 21,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 21,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,622 students in kindergarten, 26,738 in primary or elementary school, 11,979 in secondary school and 9,310 in higher institutions. There are 77 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and colleges/universities in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. These facilities served over 743,000 people last year. For more information visit


CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
                Director of Communications
                (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
                (c) 516-510-0473