January 19, 2017
Delma Josephson, Ph.D. to retire this summer
January 19, 2017, WORCESTER, MA -- Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester announced today that Delma L. Josephson, Ph.D. will retire as Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Worcester at the end of August, 2017. Bishop McManus also announced that he will establish a search committee under the direction of David Surprenant, Esq., former chair of the Catholic Schools Board.
Since 2009 when she began with the Diocese, Dr. Josephson put in place a diocesan-wide curriculum mapping program, an annual meeting program to support pastors of parochial schools, and instituted a Curriculum Specialist to support curriculum and professional development at all schools. She leads the Catholic Schools Office which directly oversees three Central Catholic high schools and one elementary school, as well as supporting 25 parochial and private schools totaling 6,573 students and 738 faculty members during this current school year.
“There are so many wonderful people who daily work or volunteer in numerous capacities in our schools to help them carry on the mission of the Church. It has been my honor to work with and for them,” said Dr. Josephson. “I have also come to know many of the wonderful priests who serve this diocese. My admiration and respect for them has steadily increased over the years.”
According to Bishop McManus, “We have been truly blessed by the contributions Dr. Josephson has made as superintendent. She applied her wealth of experience to the position, both in the classroom and in administration, in improving the quality of education for all our students along with a demonstrated commitment to Catholic values. Our search committee will begin with due diligence to fill this critical role in the life of the Diocese.”
A former chair of the U. S. Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, Bishop McManus noted that “Catholic education is one of the crucial pastoral ministries of the Church that has strengthened the Catholic community in our country for 150 years.”
A graduate of Marlborough High School, Dr. Josephson earned both her bachelor’s degree in 1976 and her master’s degree in 1982 from Framingham State College. In 2008 she received a doctorate in school administration from Boston College. Prior to coming to the Diocese of Worcester, she had been assistant superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District which includes Templeton and Phillipston.
While diocesan superintendent, Dr. Josephson served as the president of the former Parents Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE). She was the only non-public school representative to the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Title I Committee. She served on the North Central Suicide Prevention Task Force; the Central Mass STEM Advisory Council; UMASS Memorial Children’s Medical Center Regional Advisory Council; and on the Massachusetts Catholic Conference Common Core Subcommittee. Dr. Josephson is also a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), current vice-chair of New England Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (NECACE), the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS).
Dr. Josephson is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Marlborough. She is a lector and Eucharistic minister at her parish. She taught religious education in the parish for 10 years.