April 29, 2016
Amarillo—Father Robert A. Busch, Ph.D., Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Amarillo and Pastor of St. Ann’s Church, Canyon, has announced that he will step down as Head of School at Holy Cross Catholic Academy, Amarillo, effective Thursday, June 30.
In an April 22 letter to Holy Cross students, parents, faculty and staff, Father Busch said he made this decision after spending this school year “attempting to balance a dual assignment as both HCCA’s Head of School and pastor of St. Ann’s Church in Canyon.”
“I have reached the conclusion that this arrangement makes it difficult, if not impossible, for me to provide either community with the time, energy, or leadership that each deserves,” he wrote.
Father Busch will continue to serve as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Amarillo and in that capacity, will appoint a search committee, which will be entrusted with selecting the next principal at Holy Cross.
“I will make every effort to ensure that there is a smooth transition to new leadership at HCCA, and I look forward to working with the school’s new principal to help build upon the many achievements we have realized in recent years,” he wrote.
Father Busch, 54, was ordained to the priesthood on Jan. 9, 1993 at St. Laurence Cathedral (now St. Laurence Church), Amarillo, by then-Bishop Leroy T. Matthiesen.
He was appointed Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Amarillo and Head of School at Holy Cross Catholic Academy, Amarillo, on July 22, 2010.
Father Busch was appointed pastor of St. Ann’s Church, Canyon, on Sept. 1, 2015. He has spent much of his 23 years of priestly ministry in higher education and owns a Doctorate in Systematic Theology from Fordham University.