DIOCESAN ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Second Vatican Council called for greater involvement of the laity in the total life of the parish and school. Catholic schools involve parents and parishioners in shared responsibility and participatory decision-making through local school committees, commissions or boards.
The Diocesan Advisory Commission on Catholic Schools (DACCS) was established in 2016, under the direction of Bishop Oscar Cantu and Julia Fracker, Superintendent . Its role is to act as a consultation body to the diocese and the Catholic school superintendent on all matters concerning Catholic education such as strategic planning, governance, policy formation, finances, public relations, marketing, and evaluation. The commission meets quarterly and is comprised of the Bishop, superintendent, three pastors, one school board representive from each school and at-large members from throughout the Catholic community.
There are many problems confronting Catholic schools in the 21st century. The Diocesan Advisory Commission is leading the way in finding solutions. The commission is the place where ideas get put on the table. Members of the commission are a group of people with the same goal, providing the best, most accessible, Catholic education possible; they bring the best of the best together.
Who are the Commissioners for Catholic Schools?
|Bishop Oscar Cantu||Bishop, Diocese of Las Cruces||Las Cruces, NM|
|Julia Fracker||Superintendent of Catholic Schools||Las Cruces, NM|
|Jon Blazak||Diocesan Finance Officer||Las Cruces, NM|
|Grace Cassetta||Director of Evangelization and Formation||Las Cruces, NM|
|Fr. Enrique Lopez-Escalera||Vicar for Priests & Pastor, St. John Paul II||Santa Teresa, NM|
|Cheryl Martinez||All Saints Board Member & Professor of Mathematics, NMMI||Roswell, NM|
|Ned Kline||Fr. J.B. Hay Board Member & Retired School Principal||Alamogordo, NM|
|Christine Wright||Las Cruces Board Member & CPA||Las Cruces, NM|
|Fr. Martin Cordero||St. Edward Board Member & Pastor, San Jose||Carlsbad, NM|
|Greg Lopez||St. Helena Board Member & Business Owner||Hobbs, NM|
|Fr. Bill McCann||Pastor, Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary||Las Cruces, NM|
|Fr. Marcel Okonkwo||Associate Pastor, Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary||Las Cruces, NM|
|Sr. Delnise Silva||Religion Teacher, Las Cruces Catholic School||Las Cruces, NM|
|Kathy Moran||Corporate, Business & Probate Lawyer||Hobbs, NM|