Catholic Schools Council

The Catholic Schools Council was established by the Archbishop of Detroit to assist both him and the Superintendent with wise counsel in the apostolate of Catholic education.

Specifically, the Council provides valuable advice and consultation to the Archbishop and the Superintendent that’s consistent with Synod 16, the post synodal letter Unleash the Gospel, and the strategic vision Unleashing Our Catholic Schools. As confirmed by the Holy Spirit in Synod 16, Catholic schools and students are the responsibility of everyone: all bishops, priests, parishes, educators, parents, and the lay faithful. This conviction is a foundational guiding principle in the Council’s efforts to support the work of the Department of Catholic Schools to renew this vital ministry.


The Most Reverend Allen Vigneron

Archbishop of Detroit

The Most Reverend Robert Fisher

Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

The Very Reverend Jeffrey Day

Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

Deacon Sean Costello

Superintendent of Schools

Kathleen McCann

Council Chair

Executive Chairman, United Road Services

Eileen Newell, J.D.

Council Vice-Chair

Vice President of Tax, Rock Ventures

Mark McInerney, J.D.

Council Secretary

Attorney, Clark Hill PLC

The Reverend Mark Brauer

Pastor, St. Hugo Church and School

Bader Cassin, M.D.

Pathologist, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital

Mary Henige

Founder and Chief Consultant, Magnetica Communications LLC

John Moore, Ph.D.

Finance and Economics Department Chair and Professor, Walsh College

Ben Pogodzinski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Wayne State University College of Education