For the past three years, Saint Joseph School has been blessed to have Patrick Blanc as its principal. He led us through several challenges, including a difficult economy, COVID-19 and distance learning, always with God as a guide.

His wife, Linda, is retiring in the near future from Jefferson Medical Center after a career spanning more than 43 years, and their sixth grandchild is expected to arrive in March. With those milestones on the horizon and a goal of cherishing as much time together with family as he can, Pat will retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

He had a goal of serving as a Catholic school principal, an achievement he fortunately reached at SJS.

Father Gallagher will work with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to fill the position. We are confident that a capable, reverent and effective person will be appointed as the new principal, and Pat plans to serve as a mentor to our new leader. He also plans to serve us as a substitute teacher.

Pat has provided solid leadership, and inspired our children and families with his kind spirit and devout faith. We wish him the absolute best in retirement and will cherish the rest of the time we have with him.