Dear Members of the St. Benedict Parish and School Community,


“For everything there is a season, and time for every matter under heaven…” [Ecclesiastes 3:1].   


This verse seems particularly appropriate for the subject of my letter to you today.  As you know, Mrs. Diane Liebsch, our wonderful school principal, is retiring, and we have been in the process of trying to identify a suitable replacement.  Finding good Catholic school leaders can be challenging, and we knew finding one who could possibly follow in the footsteps of Mrs. Liebsch could be particularly challenging.  


As you may recall, I asked a committee of respected Catholic educators and parishioners to assist me in this process.  We interviewed 4 wonderfully faithful Catholic educators who are passionate about Catholic schools.  While we had hoped to make this announcement much sooner, more in the “season” that we had in mind, but apparently God had another season in mind! As always, God’s timing is perfect.   


I am very pleased to announce that we have an excellent new principal!  Mrs. Helen Schwinn, currently a well-respected biology teacher and house community leader at Maur Hill-Mount Academy, will be the new principal at St. Benedict Catholic School. Some of you may already know Mrs. Schwinn from MH-MA, but you may not be aware of her background and experience.   Mrs. Schwinn has more than 33 years of experience in Catholic and public schools as both a teacher and school leader, including serving as principal at Immaculata High School in Leavenworth.  In addition, Mrs. Schwinn has been a middle and high school basketball, volleyball, and track coach, as well as a class and club sponsor.  Mrs. Schwinn holds a BA in Biology, with an English minor, which she received from Washburn University in Topeka.  She earned her Master of Educational Administration from Emporia State University.  The Schwinn family are active members of the Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth, where Helen serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.  Mrs. Schwinn comes highly recommended by her colleagues, supervisors, and pastor.  


We are very grateful to our Lord for sending us such a qualified and faithful spiritual leader who will be a wonderful successor to Mrs. Liebsch.  Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Helen Schwinn to the St. Benedict community!  Also, please join me a prayer of thanksgiving for the past ministry of Mrs. Liebsch and the future ministry of Mrs. Schwinn.  


For everything there is, indeed, a season! 




Fr. Jeremy Heppler, OSB