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Introducing Our New Principal

Dear St. Patrick Cathedral School Family and Friends,

Greetings to each of you on these warm days of July! During my visit to St. Patrick’s, I met with the pastor, faculty and staff, a few parents and guardians, high school personnel, and the Home & School Association. On top of this, my wife and I were on the look-out for a new home!

During my visit, a few of the staff indicated to me that some of you were requesting a bit more information on who this Principal is, and I am most happy to oblige!

My last name “Rieschick” originated in Germany where my father was born; my mother was born in Ireland and an a very young age they immigrated to the Bronx, New York, where I was born. I have seven siblings who now live throughout the United States. Throughout these many years, Catholic School Teachers, Administrators and Benefactors have created an invaluable resource for millions of families (including my immigrant parents), Catholic and non-Catholic, of all classes, stations, and races. As a Catholic School Educator, I and we seek to educate the whole person- both mind and soul- and we continue to recognize an enduring responsibility to provide schooling for the nonwealthy, the underserved and the immigrant.

After earning my B.A. from the State University of New York, I joined the Maryknoll Missioners as a Religious Brother. Eight of my twelve years in Maryknoll was spent in East Africa. I went on to earn an M.A. in Theological Studies from the Maryknoll School of Theology in Ossining, New York; and an M.S. in Psychology from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. I left Maryknoll in the early 90’s to marry and then earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. I taught fifth grade before I was asked by the Superintendent to consider being a Catholic School Principal which I have now done for twelve years in the State of California.

I was friends with the woman who I would eventually marry for twelve years, and this year marks our 28th wedding anniversary! Goodness gracious, we have known each other for forty years!! We have two wonderful grown children and both of us love being grandparents! My wife and I are now in the process of packing up our home here in Sacramento and excited about making our new “home” in El Paso!!!

I hope to arrive at St. Patrick’s during the third week of July and so look forward to partnering with you in educating your children and grandchildren at St. Patrick’s!

In the Spirit of St. Patrick - our Patron Saint
John Rieschick, M.Ed., M.S., M.A.
Principal