WARWICK, RI — Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin recently announced Rev. Robert L. Marciano as the new president of Bishop Hendricken High School.
“I was asked to consider becoming the president months ago and the bishop appointed me last week,” Marciano said Sunday.
Marciano, a graduate of the school, said he is looking forward to returning to his alma mater, and to do his part to continue Hendricken’s excellence in the future.
Marciano begins Jan. 1, 2019, taking over for John A. Jackson, who retired this month after 46 years at Bishop Hendricken High School, the last 8 of which he served as president.
Marciano will continue his role as pastor of St. Kevin Church and School, Warwick and as Administrator of St. Benedict Parish, Warwick, according to an announcement from the school.
Marciano will lead the school community in promoting and advancing its mission, ministry, vision, philosophy, Roman Catholic faith and spirituality, Hendricken High School noted in its announcement of the hire. He will also be responsible for strategic planning, institutional advancement, financial stewardship, and preparations for what the school says will be largest capital campaign in Hendricken’s history.
“As a 1975 graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School, I am honored and humbled by the appointment of Bishop Tobin to the position of president,” said Fr. Marciano. “I follow in the footsteps of Mr. John Jackson, class of 1971, who has served with distinction and solidfaith these last 8 years. This great institution, soon to celebrate its 60th year, has been a place of Catholic faith and academic excellence that has ranked among the very best in the nation. Young men come to us to be shaped by the Roman Catholic traditions and values of integrity, virtue, goodness and faith and grow to be leaders in our Church and our society. I am honored and pleased to do my part now as a member of the Hendricken team to lead us forward and to continue to make Bishop Hendricken High School a proud part of the Diocese and the Church that we love and call home.”
Marciano has more than 30 years of experience in pastoral settings including parish administration, parochial school administration, military and public service chaplaincies, community boards and civic involvement, according to the school. Marciano has a gospel focused approach to education and parish life and an often quoted insistence that no child should be denied an education in a Catholic school because of a family’s finances.
“We conducted a national search and found the strongest candidate less than a mile away,” said Superintendent of Schools Daniel J. Ferris. “Standing on the shoulders of the [Edmund Rice Christian] Brothers and the solid, mission-centered leadership of John Jackson, we are confident Fr. Marciano will swiftly advance the overall excellence of the school and secure an exceptional future built on his countless relationships with alumni and friends. Hendricken is a school to watch. In the coming years, under Fr. Marciano’s vision and direction, we’re going to see great things with expanded programs, new facilities and unprecedented enrollment growth.”
Marciano, a 1975 graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School, has been pastor of St. Kevin Church and School in Warwick since 2012 and Administrator of Saint Benedict Parish, Warwick since 2017. He serves as Chaplain and a team member of the Campus Ministry at Bryant University, Chaplain of the Warwick Fire Department and served as a Chaplain in the Rhode Island Air National Guard from 1994-2016.