Alumnus Frank Glowaty earns outstanding principal award

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SS. Peter & Paul Catholic School Principal Frank Glowaty earns Bishop Kaffer Award

Published: April 16, 2014.

Frank Glowaty of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School
receives the the Bishop Roger L. Kaffer Outstanding
Diocesan Principal Award from Dr. Pamela Jessee,
dean of the Lewis University College of Education.

Lewis University’s Institute for the Advancement of Catholic & Lasallian Education recently honored Frank Glowaty of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School with the Bishop Roger L. Kaffer Outstanding Diocesan Principal Award. The principal of the Naperville school is “a leader in the field of Catholic education who personifies the Catholic values and principles of school leadership,” said Dr. Pamela Jessee, dean of the Lewis University College of Education.

Bishop Emeritus Joseph L. Imesch of Joliet and Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president of Lewis University, also applauded Glowaty during the ceremony.

Moments before receiving the award, Glowaty said, “It’s not about me. It’s about the school and all the people behind the scenes working to make the school what it is.”

Under Glowaty’s spiritual and instructional leadership, Catholic values of service and charity are as important as academic excellence at Saints Peter & Paul School. Students apply their faith by assisting at lunches for the senior citizens, fundraising for and volunteering at organizations like Feed My Starving Children, Harvest Sunday, Loaves and Fishes and Waterleaf Women’s Center. Academically, students are prepared for secondary education with rigorous and standards-based curriculum.

Glowaty also serves in a dual role as advancement director, where three school endowments, exceeding $13 million, were created. The funds assist families who could not otherwise afford a Catholic education for their children and provide a fair wage for teachers and staff members.

“No two days are ever the same. I truly cherish the kids’ resilience and joyfulness,” Glowaty added.

With 47 years of dedicated and committed service to the Diocese of Joliet, Glowaty began his career at St. Dennis Catholic School in Lockport, serving as teacher, coach, assistant principal and athletic director for eight years. The 1967 Lewis University alumnus served the following 39 years as principal for Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School in Naperville. The Joliet Diocesan Strategic Planning Committee member also served two terms as the President of the Joliet Diocesan Principals Association. He earned a master’s degree from St. Xavier College in 1975. He also earned a Certificate in Institutional Advancement from Catholic School Management.

“Frank never hesitates to demonstrate in word and example the importance of the values that only a Catholic school is permitted to teach. Frank is one of those principals who not only knows the name of each student and their family members but also their situation, their struggles, their talents,” Father Thomas Milota, pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church, described in his nomination of Glowaty.

The Bishop Roger L. Kaffer Award is in honor of the auxiliary bishop that served in many roles as an educational leader during his more than 50 years of priesthood in the Joliet Diocese. He served as rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Romeoville before becoming principal of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, where he revitalized the school and personally met with each school family.

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