Bishop Michael Warfel has named Angel Turoski as the new Diocesan Schools Superintendent effective July 1, 2021.
“The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings is most fortunate in securing an individual such as Mrs. Turoski to succeed Dr. Tim Uhl and carry forward the important initiatives he introduced,” said Bishop Warfel. “Her experience and background will be an asset to the Diocese as we move forward with implementing our updated vision for our schools,” he added. It is important to note this position will allow her to work with the Pastors and Principals of our seven diocesan grade schools, two high schools, and the St. Labre system, while continuing her ministry as Principal of Great Falls Central Catholic High School.
Her experience in Catholic education spans 16 years. Beginning as an Instructor then moving to Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Providence, she was appointed Director of the LUMEN teacher education program for Catholic high schools for 3 years and spent the last 12 years at UP as director of the undergraduate and graduate Education Programs in Great Falls, Kalispell, and on-line. Angel began leading Great Falls Central in 2019 as principal.
For many years the Diocese of Helena and the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings have cooperated in a joint agreement regarding the Superintendents of Catholic Schools with the Superintendent working half time in both dioceses. Dr. Tim Uhl has been our Superintendent since the Fall of 2014. Recently, for financial reasons and a need for restructuring, the Diocese of Helena informed us they would be withdrawing from the joint agreement as of June 30, 2021. This in turn has led to the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings needing to reorganize our approach regarding how we will serve our Catholic schools. For financial reasons, the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings cannot financially support a full-time superintendent on our own.