FALL RIVER — David Flanagan (in photo, right) has been appointed principal of Holy Name School, effective July 1, 2019. This announcement was made by Father Jay Maddock, pastor of Holy Name Parish in Fall River. The appointment received the approval of the Fall River Diocesan School Superintendent Stephen A. Perla. Flanagan replaces Dr. Patti Wardell, who retired after having been principal for the past 14 years.

Most recently, Flanagan was the assistant principal at Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island for 14 years, where he oversaw academics, personnel, and the international student program recruiting students from China, Korea, and other parts of Asia. Previously, he taught at Mount St. Charles Academy and was an Adjunct Professor of History at Providence College’s School of Continuing Education​.​ Prior to moving into education, he practiced law for a few years, after getting his law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

“I am so thrilled with the opportunity to bring my secondary school experiences to this wonderful school community,” expressed Flanagan. “Dr. Wardell has done a tremendous job with this school, and I truly look forward to leading this team to ensure we provide the best educational and spiritual experience for our students and families.”

Father Maddock said, “​Catholic education is the foundation of faith in the Church of the future​. I am very confident that Mr. Flanagan will be an exceptional leader to ensure our school is stronger and more vibrant than ever.”

Superintendent Perla added, “David’s tenure as an education administrator demonstrates very strong leadership skills and we are blessed to add his talent to the growing group of new school leaders in the Diocese of Fall River.”

Flanagan received his bachelor and master degrees in political science, education and history from Providence College.

He resides in Hope Valley, RI, where he and Barbara, his wife of 31 years, have four children and are active members of the St. Rose of Lima parish in Warwick, RI.

Holy Name School strives to produce confident, competent, and caring individuals who can work cooperatively, show respect for one another and who demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Catholic values.

Holy Name School has openings in most grades for the 2019-2020 school year. All are welcome to visit and see what great things are happening at Holy Name School!


The Catholic Schools Alliance comprises administrators, teachers, staff, parents and clergy joined in partnership to educate the children of the Diocese of Fall River in Catholic faith and values. Our schools have a demanding educational culture that helps students from across the academic spectrum reach their God-given potential. With an emphasis on service and respect for the dignity of every person, we prepare students to meet the challenges of today’s diverse world and become meaningful contributors to society.

The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Bishop of Fall River