Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Feb 17, 2022 / 11:13 am
A principal at a Catholic school who was placed on leave after he defied the Archdiocese of Chicago's mask mandate will not return to the school, it was announced on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Father Martin T. Marren, pastor of Queen of Martyrs Church in Evergreen Park, Illinois, shared the news in a letter to the community of Queen of Martyrs Catholic School, following a meeting with the suspended principal, Jacob “Doc” Mathius.
Mathius was suspended from his position on Feb. 8, after he announced that his pre-K-8 elementary school could go mask-optional. This announcement came after a state judge nullified Illinois’ statewide school mask mandate.
At the time, Archdiocese of Chicago policy stated that children enrolled in its schools must wear masks, regardless of what local regulations dictated. That policy has since changed.