New Holy Family principal has open door

Holy Family High School’s new principal Matthew Hauptly told the school community he has an open door and an open heart.

“And I look forward to working with everyone here,” he said.

Hauptly, who is the current director of curriculum and staff development, has worked at the Broomfield high school for six years. He will succeed the interim principal Michael G. Gabriel July 1.

After taking his new position, Hauptly said it’s his priority to foster the Catholic identity of the school.

“The primary thing is to constantly work on improving the Catholic identity and faith formation of the school,” Hauptly told the Denver Catholic. “Right now Holy Family is in a great place in that we have a waiting list and the school is full.”

For the 2015-2016 school year, Holy Family has 640-enrolled students. Hauptly added he wants to make the school’s strong Catholic education more accessible to youth in the community.

A letter from interim superintendent Mary Cohen of the Office of Catholic Schools announced Hauptly was chosen for his education philosophy, academic credentials and experience in secondary education.

Hauptly earned a bachelor’s degree in English and History from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. and a J.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Matthew Hauptly and his wife, Eleanor, pose with their newborn son, Augustus. Hauptly was named principal of Holy Family High School in Broomfield.

Matthew Hauptly and his wife, Eleanor, pose with their newborn son, Augustus. Hauptly was named principal of Holy Family High School in Broomfield. Photo provided

Hauptly hails from Washington, D.C., and moved to Colorado in 1996 to “be a ski bum,” he said. He skied and lived in Aspen for five years. He taught at a boarding school in New Hampshire and taught for seven years at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. He went on to study law at the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his degree in 2011.

Even while studying, Hauptly said he knew he wanted to teach. During law school, he began to teach at Holy Family. He started as an English teacher and then taught a society and law class for five years. The school later named him head of the department. Last year, he became director of curriculum and instruction.

Hautply is married to his wife, Eleanor, of three years. They welcomed their son, Augustus, three months ago. He and his family attend Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Boulder.


COMING UP: Q&A: USCCB clarifies intent behind bishops’ Eucharist document

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Last week, the U.S. bishop concluded their annual Spring meeting, during which much about the Church in the U.S was discussed. In particular, the bishops voted to draft a document on the meaning of Eucharistic life in the Church, which was approved by an overwhelming majority.

Since then, speculation about the nature of the document has run rampant, the chief of which is that it was drafted specifically to instigate a policy aimed directly at Catholic politicians and public figures whose outward political expressions and policy enactment do not align with Church teaching.

The USCCB has issued a brief Q&A clarifying the intent of the document, and they have emphasized that “the question of whether or not to deny any individual or groups Holy Communion was not on the ballot.”

“The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life,” the USCCB said. “The importance of nurturing an ever
deeper understanding of the beauty and mystery of the Eucharist in our lives is not a new topic for the bishops. The document being drafted is not meant to be disciplinary in nature, nor is it targeted at any one individual or class of persons. It will include a section on the Church’s teaching on the responsibility of every Catholic, including bishops, to live in accordance with the truth, goodness and beauty of the Eucharist we celebrate.”

Below are a few commonly asked questions about last week’s meeting and the document on the Eucharist.

Why are the bishops doing this now?

For some time now, a major concern of the bishops has been the declining belief and understanding of the Eucharist among the Catholic faithful. This was a deep enough concern that the theme of the bishops’ strategic plan for 2021-2024 is Created Anew by the Body and Blood of Christ: Source of Our Healing and Hope. This important document on the Eucharist will serve as a foundation for the multi-year Eucharistic Revival Project, a major national effort to reignite Eucharistic faith in our country. It was clear from the intensity and passion expressed in the individual interventions made by the bishops during last week’s meeting that each bishop deeply loves the Eucharist.

Did the bishops vote to ban politicians from receiving Holy Communion?

No, this was not up for vote or debate. The bishops made no decision about barring anyone from receiving Holy Communion. Each Catholic — regardless of whether they hold public office or not — is called to continual conversion, and the U.S. bishops have repeatedly emphasized the obligation of all Catholics to support human life and dignity and other fundamental principles of Catholic moral and social teaching.

Are the bishops going to issue a national policy on withholding Communion from politicians?

No. There will be no national policy on withholding Communion from politicians. The intent is to present a clear understanding of the Church’s teachings to bring heightened awareness among the faithful of how the Eucharist can transform our lives and bring us closer to our creator and the life he wants for us.

Did the Vatican tell the bishops not to move forward on drafting the document?

No. The Holy See did encourage the bishops to engage in dialogue and broad consultation. Last week’s meeting was the first part of that process. It is important to note that collaboration and consultation among the bishops will be key in the drafting of this document.

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