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New president thrilled to lead Cardinal Wuerl high school

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, 7:01 p.m.

The new president of the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry walked past stacks of construction material and through hallways draped with plastic sheets and covered in dust last week.

“I'm excited to be asked to play a part in an institution with such a proud history and an exciting future,” the Rev. Charles S. Bober said. “It has been a dream of many to bring the choice of Catholic secondary education to Butler County.”

Bishop David A. Zubik named Bober, pastor of St. Kilian Parish in Adams and Cranberry, as the president of the school, which is scheduled to open in August.

“Father Bober has always been willing to place his gifts and deep faith at the service of the church, wherever he was asked to minister,” Zubik said.

“His gracious willingness to add to his many responsibilities the leadership of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School at this extraordinary time is reflective of that commitment to service that is a hallmark of the priesthood.”

Bober also oversaw the opening of a new school for pupils in kindergarten through grade 8 at St. Kilian Parish, across Route 228 from the new high school, and is a former rector of St. Paul Seminary in East Carnegie.

He's also a columnist with the Pittsburgh Catholic, the weekly newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

As president, Bober will oversee the administrative staff, including Principal Kellie Abbott, according to the diocese.

Bober said his job is to introduce the school to its new neighbors in Butler County and chart its future.

“In St. Kilian Parish and its many ministries, as well as Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, I am very fortunate to have talented, gifted, dedicated people working with me,” Bober said.

“With such people, leadership is a matter of making sure that everyone has the tools and environment to do their best.”

Zubik also appointed the Rev. Christopher D. Donley, parochial vicar at St. Sebastian Parish, to become parochial vicar at St. Kilian Parish.

Donley will continue to serve as priest chaplain of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School.

Bober and Donley “will make a significant team in serving both the faithful of St. Kilian Parish and the faith community of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School,” Zubik said.

Construction supervisors said Wednesday that main construction at the school should be completed by the end of January, with furniture moved in at the beginning of March.

The school chapel should be completed in May or June.

It will open in August for the 2014-15 school year, replacing the Troy Hill campus.

The new school can hold 1,000 students.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or




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