An Exciting Announcement from Father Renninger

March 20, 2019


Dear Saint Mary’s School Families,

I am happy to announce that Mr. Brandon J. Hess has been appointed to serve as the permanent Principal of Saint Mary’s School, effective March 20, 2019.

Brandon Hess is a career educator. He taught English and coached soccer at local public schools, and served in school administration at middle schools and high schools in Henrico County and Fredericksburg. He founded LaunchEd, a company which provides instructional support, technology and professional learning opportunities for educators on the national level.

Brandon received degrees in education and educational leadership from James Madison University and Virginia Commonwealth University. His wife, Meghan, teaches at St. Bridget Catholic School, where Brandon has also served as chair of the School Advisory Board. You can see Brandon and his family at weekend Mass here at Saint Mary’s parish.

Brandon has served as interim principal at Saint Mary’s School since September. During that time, he has received very positive accolades from parents, faculty and students.

In December, we started a search process which was thorough, professional and prayerful. It was our privilege to interview a number of highly qualified candidates. In the end, with the assistance of our own search committee and the diocesan staff, it becomes my pleasure to welcome Mr. Hess as our permanent principal.

Our faculty was informed of this decision on Wednesday morning, and the school children received this news at the 9:00 a.m. School Mass.

Please join me in praying for Brandon Hess and his family as we celebrate his appointment as our permanent principal.

In Christ,
Fr. Michael A. Renninger