The bishop of the Diocese of Portland has named an interim superintendent for Maine’s Catholic schools.

According to the diocese website, Bishop Robert Deeley has named Father Louis J. Phillips to succeed Sister Rosemary Donohue, who announced that she will step down after 21 years on June 30.

Phillips will leave his current assignments as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and administrator of the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes to assume the superintendent post.

According to the diocese website, Phillips holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in education administration from Boston College.

He has held jobs as a theology teacher and principal at schools in New Jersey; as an assistant professor of education at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio; as a coordinator of faith development at Iona College in New York; as an assistant professor of education at Notre Dame of Maryland University; and most recently, as an adjunct assistant professor of education at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish.

Phillips also has served in a number of parishes since arriving in Maine in 1998, including Augusta, Ellsworth, Auburn and Portland, the website said.

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