About Us

Christo Servire

Mission Statement:

The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools is a regional college preparatory Roman Catholic school system of the Diocese of Erie from Preschool through Grade 12. We are committed to providing spiritual inspiration, exceptional academics and extracurricular activities as all of us strive “to serve Christ” (Christo Servire).

Our Vision

The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools is a Christ-centered faith community that exists as a response to Jesus’ mandate: “Go and teach all nations.” In fulfilling this mandate, we open our doors to a population of diverse racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds and thereby live our motto Christo Servire, to serve Christ. We strive to provide students with an exceptional educational experience that encompasses academic excellence, outstanding extracurricular activities and continual spiritual growth. We guide our students in their spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional, social and physical development by providing an atmosphere conducive to acquiring and increasing knowledge on all levels.

As a Catholic community, we celebrate liturgies and unite our prayers in response to the needs of the wider community. We also provide for the broadening of our views so the students may seek social justice in a global society.

Investing in Tomorrow

Through systematic instruction in the Catholic faith, the Christian message is communicated and commitment to Christ and His values is fostered. Teachers at Kennedy Catholic have the opportunity to present a complete picture of the human person with both a spiritual and physical nature. Your child will be taught to look not only at traditional values and events, but also to look critically at issues and events in light of Gospel values. Daily personal prayer and community worship strengthen the commitment to serve one’s neighbors and to become aware of the fact that this extends beyond their school and the parish community.

Your child will live in a world with the need for technological expertise with great competition in the work place. Statistics and surveys attest to the fact that students in Catholic schools in many cases surpass them. Our boast, however, is the fact that we can offer something above and beyond what other schools are permitted to offer–namely, that of religious instruction. We can be truly proud of the fact that we can teach the whole child, not only in the academic area, but also in the spiritual realm. Your child is truly worth the investment of quality Catholic Education!

The Kennedy Experience

The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools offers your child exceptional academic programs that prepare them to achieve and succeed in college and beyond. As a student at KCFS your child will engage in exceptional academic programs,  obtain spiritual guidance, and benefit from religious instruction.  Combining academics with spirituality is at the heart of Kennedy experience. Additionally,  your child will have access to a vast array of extracurricular activities and athletic programs, and the opportunity to enrich and enhance their community by serving others. These benefits are what allow our graduates to excel in their fields and assume leadership positions in communities both here in the United States and abroad.

Our total commitment to our vision enables us to provide you with the most exceptional primary and secondary education available in our region—an education that has enabled thousands of students to excel in their fields and assume leadership positions in communities both here in the United States and abroad.

Again, welcome and remember, at Kennedy Catholic, we teach life.

School Facts and Statistics

Kennedy Catholic Middle/High School…

is a co-educational institution providing instruction for grades seven through twelve, with a student population of nearly 270. Kennedy Catholic is a Diocese of Erie secondary school and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. The school is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association and competes in PIAA District 10.

Quick Facts

  • Founded: 1964
  • Grades: 7th through 12th Grade
  • District: Shenango Valley Catholic School System Diocese of Erie
  • Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • School Mascot: Golden Eagles
  • School Colors: Maroon and Gold
  • Cafeteria: Hot Lunch Daily
  • Principal: Mrs. Erin Marks
  • Address: 2120 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, PA 16148
  • Telephone: (724) 346-5531
  • Fax: (724) 346-3011

Saint John Paul II Elementary School…

is a co-educational institution providing instruction for grades mini pre-k through six, with a student population of nearly 120. Saint John Paul II Elementary school is a Diocese of Erie school and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. Ample facilities include a well stocked library, separate rooms for computer, music, art, enrichment, remedial help, and a gymnasium with a stage.

Quick Facts:

  • Founded: 2011
  • Grades: Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade
  • District: Shenango Valley Catholic School System Diocese of Erie
  • Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • School Mascot: Golden Eagles
  • School Colors: Maroon and Gold
  • Cafeteria: Hot Lunch Daily
  • Principal: Ms. Cathy Puleo, Acting
  • Address: 2335 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148
  • Telephone: (724) 342-2205
  • Fax: (724) 704-7397

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School Administration & Board

Office of the President

A message from Vincent F. Cardamon, Acting President, the Shenango Valley Catholic School System & The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools.

Dear Kennedy/SJPII Family,

After thirty nine years of managing Reyers Shoe Store, I decided to retire in March of this year. I was looking forward to playing some golf, doing yard work, volunteering and spending more time with my family. However all of that changed a few weeks ago when I was asked to serve as the Interim President of the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools. While I have been involved at Kennedy in the past as a parent, member of the President’s Advisory Board, Kennedy Eagles Organization and general volunteer when needed, this opportunity caught me by surprise. The thought of presiding over the school system was both exciting and humbling. It didn’t take long for me to realize that while one of my goals was to spend more time with my family, that is exactly what I will be doing – Kennedy is part of my family and always will be. While I know that the spiritual, academic, and social environment is second to none, there is always room for growth. One of my main responsibilities will be to see that there is the continuing necessary funding to keep the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools on sound economic footing. I am looking forward to the challenge as being involved in KCFS in this new capacity is a dream come true.

Your prayers for this part of my life and most importantly, for the students, faculty and staff of Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools will be greatly appreciated.

Christo Servire,

Vincent F. Cardamon
Acting President

Administration

The Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico, J. C. L.
Bishop of Erie
Mr. Vincent F. Cardamon
Interim President
Mrs. Erin Marks
Principal, Kennedy Catholic Middle/High School
Mrs. Cathy Puleo
Acting Principal, St John Paul II Elementary School
Mr. William Blum
Director of Finance
Ms. Cathy Cathcart
Assistant Finance Director-AP/AR
Mr John Niemi
Director of Athletics, HS/MS IT, Facilities
Sr. Margaret Pellerite, SSJ
Director of Campus Ministry
Mr. Joe Ranelli
Spiritual Director-Students-Faculty-Parents
Mrs. Nicole Perry
Director of Enrollment
Mrs. Janet Taylor
Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs
Ms. Allison Zreliak
Director of Guidance

School Board

Ms. Kandis Suhar, Chairperson
Mr. Tim Feeney, Vice Chair
Mrs. Kelly Bonomo, Secretary
Mr. Lew Rosa, Treasurer
Fr. Richard Allen
Deacon Nicholas Cirell
Fr. V. David Foradori
Mr. Frank Hannah
Fr. Matthew Kujawinski
Mr. Joseph Lombardi
Mrs. Angela Surano
Fr. Thomas Whitman
Mr. Richard Whalen
Ms. Stasie Wanner

Testimonial from the Rosa Family

The thing that stands out to us in addition to an amazing education, is the family feeling you get from being part of this school system. Starting with the teachers and administrators, they go above and beyond to make sure each student is getting exactly what they need to succeed. Whether it is the principal putting on a band-aid or a devoted teacher staying after school and working during the summer tutoring a struggling child. They really care. We are so happy we chose the KCFS for our children.”

– The Rosa Family: Lewis, Elizabeth, Abby and Andrew
KCFS Board & Committee Members & SJPII Parents

Testimonial from Carol Shields, M.D.

“Kennedy Catholic welcomed me into its wonderful nurturing environment. Kennedy planted the seed of my career and taught me discipline, integrity, and loyalty – 3 assets for success. That opened the door to an excellent University, then Medical School, and now blossomed into a top tier medical practice in Philadelphia. My roots remain at Kennedy.”

– Carol L. Shields M.D., Class of 1975
Ocular Oncology Service, Co-Director Wills Eye Hospital