Chaplain’s Corner



Rev. Richard J. Elmer is St. Catherine of Siena Academy's first Chaplain. Fr. Elmer graduated from Detroit Catholic Central in 1946 and entered the Basilian Fathers Community in 1947, making his Final Profession of Vows in 1952, the same year he graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA degree. He was ordained a priest in 1957, the same year he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree.  In 1968, he received a Master of Guidance and Counseling degree from the University of Detroit.


His first position was as an English/Social Studies teacher at Detroit Catholic Central from 1952 to 1954.  He returned from 1960 to 1978 as the Director of Guidance, Director of Athletics, and then Principal.  From 1978 to 1986, Fr. Elmer directed the National Catholic Educational Association’s Annual Convention and Exposition out of Washington, D.C. He then became the Dean of Student Services at the University of St.Thomas in Houston, Texas, from 1986 to 1990. Once again, he returned to Catholic Central as the Director of Alumni and Development and then President.  


Fr. Elmer has been involved with St. Catherine of Siena Academy since the beginning. He believes in the philosophy of the school to teach young women to understand and embrace the Truth that is Jesus and to appreciate the late Pope John Paul II’s concept of the “Feminine Genius”.