Buckley named superintendent of Catholic schools 

Bishop Louis F. Kihneman III has hired Dr. Matt Buckley as superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Biloxi, effective June 1, 2023.

Buckley is the current principal of St. Patrick Catholic High School in Biloxi. He will succeed Dr. Michael Ladner, who served in the position from 2005 to 2018 and as an interim after Dr. Rhonda Clark left the position.

The diocese has not named a successor at St. Patrick.

“I am pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Matt Buckley as superintendent of Catholic schools,” said Kihneman. “Our core mission in our Catholic schools and throughout our diocese is to form disciples and disciple-makers. Matt understands this mission and will be able to lead our Catholic schools – administration, faculty, staff, students, and families – in this mission through faith formation, accompaniment, service, and personal commitment. Matt realizes that everything that we do in our Catholic schools, whether it is in the classroom, athletics, or extracurricular activities, must be geared toward forming intentional disciples and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Buckley holds a doctorate in education and an Education Specialist degree from Liberty University, a masters degree in education from Concordia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Mississippi. He has served as principal of St. Patrick Catholic High School in Biloxi since 2016.

He is a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church in D’Iberville.

“I am honored, humbled, and excited to be appointed as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi,” said Buckley, who will continue as principal of St. Patrick through the remainder of the school year. “I am grateful to Bishop Kihneman for entrusting me with this responsibility and thank Dr. Mike Ladner and Dr. Rhonda Clark for their dedication and service to our schools.”

Buckley said his goals as superintendent include ensuring the focus of the diocese’s schools is always discipleship, faith-formation, spirituality, and service; growing enrollment, and keeping education services affordable and accessible for all families.

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