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June 11, 2013

New president to lead Catholic school system

NEW CASTLE — The Rev. Michael P. Allison has been named president of the Shenango Valley Catholic School System, effective July 7.

The system includes Kennedy Catholic High School, Kennedy Catholic Middle School and Blessed John Paul II Elementary School, all in Hermitage.

Allison will succeed the Rev. Marc Stockton, who has been school system president since 2011. Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of Erie appointed Stockton to work in the Diocesan Chancery and to attend Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. to begin studies in canon law.

Allison, a native of Erie, is pastor of Church of the Beloved Disciple Parish in Grove City and a part-time teacher at Kennedy Catholic High School.

Allison attended St. Joseph Grade School in Erie, St. Mark’s Seminary High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Gannon University. He graduated with a master’s in theology from St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, Fla.

He also holds a master of divinity degree from St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary.

Allison earned a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Gannon University and has additional graduate studies in English at Gannon University and in spirituality from Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C.

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