Diocesan Schools Superintendent Stepping Down

October 18, 2018 GMT

A longtime fixture in Diocese of Scranton education, Monsignor David L. Tressler will step down on Nov. 2 as superintendent of schools to dedicate himself full time to parish ministry.

“To be able to come in and to work with all the schools throughout the diocese has been very life-giving to me and very meaningful,” he said.

Tressler is the pastor of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Jermyn, and will now dedicate his career to the parish.

“I will continue to do what was I was ordained to do,” he said.

Tressler, a graduate of Bishop Hannan High School was ordained in 1985. He took over as diocese superintendent on July 14, 2014, after previously serving as vice principal/director of religious formation at Sacred Heart High School in Carbondale; principal of Bishop Hafey Jr./Sr. High School in Hazleton and Bishop Hoban High School in Wilkes-Barre; administrator of Bishop Hannan and All Saints Academy and as an assistant superintendent in the diocese.

As superintendent, Tressler worked to incorporate more technology into the diocese’s 16 elementary schools and four high schools while meeting the needs of the students and also maintaining the schools’ Catholic identity, he said.

He also encouraged and supported STREAM or science, technology, religion, education, art and math, programs throughout the schools.

Interacting with faculty, administration and the students was a highlight for Tressler over his four years as superintendent.

“They’ve taught me more than I’ve shared with them,” he said.

In a letter, Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera thanked Tressler for his many years of commitment to Catholic schools.

“No one embodies a commitment to Catholic education like Monsignor Tressler,” he said.

Jason Morrison, diocesan secretary of Catholic education/chief operating officer, will lead a national search for the diocese’s next superintendent and Tressler will provide assistance through the transition, the letter said.

Filling Tressler’s “crucial role will no doubt shape the future of our Catholic education system,” Bambera said.

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