Office of the President
A message from Father Jason A. Glover, S.T.L. President, the Shenango Valley Catholic School System & The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools.
The administrators, faculty, and staff of the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools welcome you to the Shenango Valley Catholic School System! We are a regional, college preparatory, Roman Catholic school system of the Diocese of Erie. From preschool through twelfth grade, all who are a part of our school system are committed to providing spiritual and religious formation, a progressive and excellent academic curriculum, and an engaging and exciting extra-curricular experience. Our raison d’etre is singular and is expressed in our school’s motto, Christo Servire, to enable every individual affiliated with our family of schools to recognize and to serve Christ in our neighbor.
Saint John Paull II Elementary School serves pre-school through fifth grade students, providing them with a solid academic foundation, and an inclusive religious formation and sacramental preparation, and attention to the holistic development of our children through additional extra-curricular activities. Such an elementary experience during the crucial developmental years of a child’s life will equip them to navigate successfully the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood.
Kennedy Catholic Middle and High Schools serve sixth through twelfth grade students, building further and deeper on the mission and motto of our school system. Poignantly focused on individual spiritual and religious development, cultivating an atmosphere oriented toward the service of one another and the larger community, maintaining an environment of academic excellence and personal responsibility, and enhancing the educational experience through extra-curricular offerings in the arts, sciences, and athletics, our graduates receive an unparalleled preparation for their collegiate career in some of our country’s finest institutions of higher learning.
God’s choicest blessings!
Fr. Jason A. Glover, S.T.L.
Fr. Jason A. Glover was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1975. He was raised in Brookfield, Ohio, with two brothers, all of whom attended Saint Joseph School in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He attended Kennedy Catholic High School. In the summer months of his junior and senior years, Fr. Glover also attended Kent State University and Michigan State University, respectively, to pursue certifications in student athletic training.
After graduating from Kennedy Catholic High School in 1994, he enrolled at Gannon University and Saint Mark Seminary, Erie, Pennsylvania. He obtained in Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Gannon University in 1998. He was, then, assigned by Bishop Donald W. Trautman to pursue graduate studies and priestly formation at Saint Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland.
In 2001, Fr. Glover was ordained to the transitional diaconate at Saint Patrick Church, Franklin, Pennsylvania, by Bishop Donald Trautman. In 2002, Fr. Glover graduated from Saint Mary’s Seminary & University with a Bachelors in Sacred Theology and a Masters in Divinity. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of Erie at Saint Peter’s Cathedral by Bishop Trautman on June 7, 2002. His first priestly assignment was to the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, Pennsylvania. During his tenure at Notre Dame, Fr. Glover was involved in wide and varied ministry including Chaplain of the Mercer County Serra Club, Chaplain of the State Correctional Facility in Mercer, and a member of the Presbyterial Council.
In 2005, he was assigned to advanced theological studies at Saint Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland, and The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He completed his License in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in 2007, after which the Bishop Trautman assigned him to the theological teaching faculty at Gannon University, Erie, and as a sacramental assistant to Saint Luke Parish, also in Erie.
In 2009, Fr. Glover became the faculty-advisor of the newly constituted Gamma Rho chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi social fraternity, which he still serves today. From 2011-2017, Fr. Glover was the Director of Gannon’s Graduate Program of Pastoral Studies. That same year, he was assigned Chaplain at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he served until 2014, while continuing his duties at Gannon. In 2012, he was appointed Head Coach of Gannon’s Ice Hockey Team where he has led the team into the post-season in the College Hockey East league every season, and twice competed for the National College Hockey Association’s National Championship (2012, 2017, ending the season ranked #6 and #4 in the country, respectively).
Fr. Glover participated in the National Inter-Fraternity Conference at Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, and served on the executive committee of the Collegiate Ice Hockey Association. He has served Gannon University as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, Student Conduct Committee, Athletic Committee, Hall of Fame Committee, Advisor of a student faith-sharing group, Graduate Council, and the Director of Academic Formation of Permanent Deacons for the Diocese of Erie.
At the undergraduate level, Fr. Glover has taught courses in Sacred Scripture, Catholic Tradition, Moral Theology, Contemporary Moral Theology, Fundamental Theology, Christology, and the Theology of Marriage. At the Graduate level, he has taught courses in Christology, Ecclesiology, and Church History.
Fr. Glover was twice named “Teacher of the Year” by Gannon’s Student Government Association (2012, 2013), twice named “Advisor of the Year” (2012, 2016), and was awarded the “Feed My Sheep” honors by Gannon’s Campus Ministry (2012). The College Hockey East league honored Fr. Glover in 2015 with the “Ed Bittner Award” for his excellence in leadership, organization, professionalism, and off-ice conduct. He has been invited to many speaking opportunities including at Thiel College, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and the Diocese of Worchester, Massachusetts. He served as the editor of three academic texts in theology.
As an instructor in the Department of Theology, Fr. Glover has the privilege of interacting with students in the formal classroom setting. As a resident-priest living on campus, he also has the unique opportunity to be immersed in the daily life of Gannon’s student community in a far more casual way. Outside of the classroom, he can often be spotted almost everywhere on campus, including at sporting events, fraternity/sorority functions, and faith-sharing gatherings organized by students.
Fr. Glover an avid reader and traveler. He enjoys any type of athletic competition and is a diehard fan of the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, and The Ohio State Buckeyes. He is frequently seen with Drake, his 7-year old black lab, and is also a keeper of saltwater fish aquariums. He is proud of his German heritage and celebrates it, in part, through his hobbies of cooking and home brewing. He enjoys most all music, with the Dave Matthews Band as his favorite.
Of all of these joys and pleasures of life, his first and true love is his priesthood. He loves being a priest and strives every day to bring others to Christ.
Fr. Glover was appointed Interim-President of the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools on May 31st, 2016. He was subsequently appointed President August 11th, 2016.