Meet the Staff - Fr. Richard J. McGrath, OSA, Ph. D.

Adjunct Consultant
Catholic School Administration, Administrator Searches, and Athletic Program Assessments and Consulting

Fr. Richard J. McGrath, OSA, Ph.D.An adjunct consultant with Catholic School Management, Father Richard McGrath serves as President of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Illinois. Father McGrath has been President and/or Principal of Providence Catholic High School since 1985. He is a priest in the Order of St. Augustine of the Midwest Province and has been involved in Catholic education since 1969.

Father McGrath was ordained in 1973 and worked at St. Rita High School in Chicago, and St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin, Illinois, before going to Providence Catholic. He has taught English and Theology and coached football and golf. Father’s professional career includes Master’s Degrees in Divinity, English, School Administration, and a Doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago. He is the author of several articles for the National Catholic Educational Association through NCEA Notes and Momentum Magazine and has published the following books through NCEA:

  • Athletics & the Gospel Mission of the Catholic School, 2000;
  • Coaching Catholic: Gospel Values in Youth Sports, 2003;
  • Catholic Youth Sports: A Guide for Coaches, Parents, and Caring Adults, 2006;
  • The Parent’s Guide to Catholic Youth Sports (in private circulation).

Father McGrath speaks annually at the NCEA national conventions and gives presentations around the Country on athletics and Catholic youth sports.

Father McGrath joined CSM in 2005 and serves Catholic School Management and its clients in the Administrator Search Division, conducting searches for administrators at all levels of Catholic education. He also provides consulting in the area of Catholic school administration and with regard to athletic programs.

July 2008

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