DuBois, PA – After allegations of sexual abuse, Msgr. Charles Kaza has resigned as president of DuBois Area Catholic Schools.
The announcement came as a statement from the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Erie, which says that the step was taken to ensure the school system is able to operate efficiently as the new academic year begins.
Bishop Lawrence Persico accepted Msgr. Kaza’s resignation.
Kaza had been placed on administrative leave on May 13, which restricted him from active ministry. The leave was pending investigation of an allegation of sexual abuse.
Kaza has not resigned as pastor of St. Tobias Parish in Brockway, although Father Leo Gallina continues to serve as temporary administrator at the parish.
The statement also says that Kaza maintains his innocence.
The responsibilities of the president of DuBois Area Catholic Schools will continue to be handled by the Board of Members and supported by the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) in collaboration with the DuBois Catholic School Board.
Ms. Gretchen Caruso will remain in her role as headmaster, and will work with the executive committee of the board and the CSO to manage the overall operations of the system.
According to Jim Gallagher, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Erie, the resignation will give the board and the CSO time to review the administrative needs of DuBois Area Catholic Schools for the future, and to develop an implementation plan for the next school year.
“Everyone involved has only the best interests of the schools in mind,” Gallagher said. “I am confident that Gretchen and the executive committee are well-prepared, and I look forward to a strong year for DuBois Area Catholic Schools.”