David Flanagan named new
principal of 
Holy Name School


FALL RIVER, Mass. — David Flanagan (below) has been appointed the new principal of Holy Name School, effective July 1. This announcement was made by Father Jay Maddock, pastor of Holy Name Parish in Fall River. This appointment also received the approval of the Fall River Diocesan School Superintendent, Stephen A. Perla. 

David Flanagan

Flanagan replaces Dr. Patricia Wardell who retired after having been principal for the past 14 years.

Most recently, Flanagan was the assistant principal at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, R.I. for 14 years, where he oversaw academics, personnel, and the international student program recruiting students from China, Korea, and other parts of Asia. 

Previously, Flanagan taught at Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, R.I. and was an adjunct professor of History at Providence College’s School of Continuing Education. Prior to moving into education, Flanagan practiced law for a few years, after getting his law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

“I am so thrilled with the opportunity to bring my secondary school experiences to this wonderful school community,” Flanagan said. “Dr. Wardell has done a tremendous job with this school and I truly look forward to leading this team to ensure we provide the best educational and Spiritual experience for our students and families.”

“Catholic education is the foundation of faith in the Church of the future,” said Father Maddock. “I am very confident that Mr. Flanagan will be an exceptional leader to ensure our school is stronger and more vibrant than ever.”

Stephen Perla added: “David’s tenure as an education administrator demonstrates very strong leadership skills and we are blessed to add his talent to the growing group of new school leaders in the Diocese of Fall River.”

Flanagan received his bachelor and master degrees in political science, education and history from Providence College. He resides in Hope Valley, R.I., where he and Barbara, his wife of 31 years, have four children and are active members of the St. Rose of Lima Parish in Warwick, R.I.

Holy Name School strives to produce confident, competent, and caring individuals who can work cooperatively, show respect for one another and who demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Catholic values.

Holy Name School has openings in most grades for the 2019-2020 school year. Please visit and see what great things are happening at Holy Name School.


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