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Board of Specified Jurisdiction

The Board of Specified Jurisdiction (or BSJ) was created to assist the school community in the governance of specified areas, consistent with the policies, procedures, guidelines, regulations, and best practices promulgated by the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Office of Catholic Schools.


The BSJ is empowered to cooperate and collaborate with the Principal and the Pastor in the work of administering and leading the school.

The following are the charges of the Board of Specified Jurisdiction:

Ministry Effectiveness


The mission, vision, and faith-based core values of Saint Vincent Ferrer.

Institutional Advancement and Planning

The communication, development, marketing, enrollment/recruitment, and retention at Saint Vincent Ferrer.

Fiscal Management

The management of finances and facilities at Saint Vincent Ferrer.

Member Development

Leading the school in developing all aspects of the members.

It is recommended that a BSJ be composed of 11 to 21 members. An individual is selected based upon certain skill sets and expertise in one or more of the above mentioned areas. At least 80% of the Board members must be Catholic. Member group includes parishioners, alumni/ae and parents of alumni/ae, leaders within the neighborhood, business, and professional communities, and parents of current students (up to 25%).

Members commit to attend Board meetings, actively participate and work on one of the committees: Executive, Ministry/Mission, Member Development, Policy and Planning, Fiscal Management, and Institutional Advancement. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month.


The BSJ is actively recruiting new members. For information about the process, please contact a Board member.

Current Board Members

President: Ray Kalwajtys-
Ex-Officio Members: Father Thomas McDermott, Pastor, and Katie Cahill, Principal


Sharon Advani-
Arlene Connell-
Sergio Gomez-
Andrew Hock-
Joe Johnson-
Dennis Kenny-
Jim Paris-
Susan Ponzio-Pappas-
Marty Salvino-
Bill Sullivan-
Dan White-

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