Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades has announced the appointment of Joseph (Joe) Brettnacher, Ph.D. as superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Brettnacher recently served as principal of Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis. He previously served as superintendent of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, the 29th largest Catholic school system in the U.S. Brettnacher has also served as principal and president of Lafayette Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Lafayette, Indiana, Rossville High School in Indiana and Marian High School in Mishawaka.

In addition to these leadership positions, Brettnacher assisted Indiana schools gain or sustain accreditation status through his role on a statewide committee.

“We are blessed to have Joe Brettnacher returning to serve again in our diocese. The search committee was very impressed with his breadth of experience in schools and dioceses throughout the Midwest, his proven track record of success in Catholic schools, his commitment to Catholic identity and his deep desire to work closely with principals and teachers to implement Bishop Rhoades’ vision for Catholic education,” said Carl Loesch. He continued, “Everyone who knows Joe Brettnacher, knows him as a humble and dedicated leader who works collaboratively to serve children.” Loesch expressed his gratitude to the search committee.

Brettnacher said, “With humility, I accepted the appointment from The Most Reverend Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades to become the next superintendent for the Diocese of Fort Wayne — South Bend where my Catholic school vocation began. I look forward to working to ensure for our students that Jesus Christ is and always will be the reason for our schools.”

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