February 14, 2018 — Sacred Heart Nativity Schools (SHNS) in San Jose, California, has named Rubén Solario its next president. Solario will succeed outgoing president Sonya Arriola, beginning a transition period on March 1, 2018. He will officially take on the role of president in July 2018.
Sacred Heart Nativity School for boys and Our Lady of Grace Nativity School for girls are Catholic middle schools run by the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of San Jose and the Parish of Sacred Heart.
“There is much work ahead of us, particularly in the next 16 months, and SHNS will keep moving forward,” Arriola wrote in a letter announcing her departure. “Our school community remains focused on why we are here: to empower our students to become the people that God intended them to be — people of conscience, competence and compassion.”
Most recently, Solario has been the Director of Individual Giving and Donor Stewardship at the YMCA of Silicon Valley. For many years, Solario spent time working throughout the Diocese of San Jose in leadership roles at the Chancery, Sacred Heart Parish, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and Sacred Heart Community Service, as well as a number of other faith-based organizations.
Solario is a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and the graduate program for pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University. He completed the Deacon Formation Program and was then ordained as a deacon in 2012 in the Diocese of San Jose.
“What impressed us while going through the extensive interview process was Rubén's connection with the faculty, staff, parents and students of our community," wrote Katie Burke, SHNS Board Chair. "With 25 years of working in the diocese, 10 of those directly with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish community, Rubén is fully bilingual and bicultural and deeply understands the needs of our school community.” [Source: Sacred Heart Nativity Schools]