CHICAGO | A former Mount Carmel High School star student-athlete has been named the next president of the 111-year-old Catholic prep school.
The Rev. Tony Mazurkiewicz will take over June 15, succeeding Carl Markelz, who is stepping down after 15 years as president.
"I know I speak on behalf of the board of members when I express the fullest confidence in Father Tony and the direction he will provide Mount Carmel," Markelz said. "His strong academic background and experience in Carmelite schools and parishes make him the perfect candidate to continue advancing the institution forward. He will guide our mission to live with zeal for God, life and learning with sound focus. This is a wonderful day for the entire Mount Carmel community."
Mazurkiewicz is a faculty member in the theology department and an enrollment and admissions representative in the Office of Mission Effectiveness.
His ties the school run deep. Growing up in Glenwood, he enrolled at Mount Carmel in the fall of 1988. He was an accomplished student and athlete who graduated salutatorian, served as captain for the 1991 varsity football and 1992 varsity baseball teams, and started for the 1990 and 1991 Caravan football state championship teams.
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He graduated in 1996 with a bachelor of arts in history from Yale University, where he played football for the Bulldogs and was again named a team captain.
As an educator, he taught at Mount Carmel and schools in Chicago, Massachusetts and California. He earned a master of divinity degree in 2009 from Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C., and was ordained in May 2009. He was associate pastor at St. Raphael Parish in Los Angeles before returning to Mount Carmel at the beginning of this school year.
He said he returned to the school for the balance of prayer, community and ministry.
"As a teacher, I've had the opportunity to see the day-to-day operations of the school," Mazurkiewicz said. "I'm inspired by the interactions I've observed between our students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff. The passion, cooperative spirit, and commitment to the community that are clearly present in each of them are so unique to the Mount Carmel identity."