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Fr. Christopher Fronk, SJ, reads during a Mass for soldiers on the front line in Afghanistan.
Jesuit High School of New Orleans Names Father Christopher S. Fronk Next President

June 3, 2015 — Jesuit Father Christopher S. Fronk, who is serving as a military chaplain in the United States Navy, has been named the next president of Jesuit High School of New Orleans. Fr. Fronk will begin his new assignment as the school’s 30th president in November 2016.

Currently serving as a command chaplain in the U.S. Navy with the rank of commander, Fr. Fronk will succeed Father Anthony McGinn, who became interim president in the summer of 2014 after Father Raymond Fitzgerald was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Fr. Fitzgerald, a 1976 alumnus of Jesuit, served as president from 2011-2014.

“I am honored to be chosen as the next president of Jesuit High School,” said Fr. Fronk. “While I am humbled to be following the incredible leadership of both Fr. McGinn and Fr. Fitzgerald, I am very excited to soon be a part of the Jesuit community in New Orleans.”

Fr. Fronk, a native of Monaca, Pennsylvania, graduated from Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pennsylvania, in 1983. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1989 from Saint Louis University and earned a master’s degree in theology from Heythrop College of the University of London in 1996. In 2001, he received a master’s degree in religious education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and he earned his third master’s degree in military studies with an emphasis on leadership, planning and strategy from the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia.

Fr. Fronk entered the Society of Jesus in 1985 and was ordained a priest in 1997. Before starting his military career, Fr. Fronk’s assignments as a Jesuit included service as a high school teacher and chaplain at Scranton Preparatory School in Scranton, Pennsylvania; a campus minister at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, University of Scranton in Scranton, and Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia; and as parochial vicar at St. Bernard Church in Pittsburgh. He also served as rector of the Jesuit community at Wheeling Jesuit University.  

Fr. Fronk is currently assigned as command chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. George H.W. Bush. Prior to that he served at the U.S. Coast Guard Basic Training Center at Cape May, New Jersey. Before moving to Cape May, Fr. Fronk was the second marine division forward command chaplain, a post that included a yearlong deployment to the front lines in Afghanistan. From 2010-2012, he was responsible for the coordination of religious support for more than 12,000 military and civilian personnel in multiple combat situations. Fr. Fronk also has served in Okinawa, Japan; Norfolk, Virginia; Pittsburgh; Ft. Dix, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C. [Source: Jesuit High School of New Orleans]

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