Remove Catherine Kos and Fr. Tom Cargo from St. John the Baptist.
  • Petitioned Alex Rechenmacher

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Assistant
Alex Rechenmacher
Diocese of Joliet
Bishop R. Daniel Conlon (Diocese of Joliet)

Remove Catherine Kos and Fr. Tom Cargo from St. John the Baptist.

    1. Petition by

      St. John the Baptist Winfield Advocates

      United States


• Parents choose to send their children to St. John the Baptist because of its long history of providing an excellent faith-based education to children in the community.

• The administration at St. John the Baptist School is supposed to work with parents in preparing children to learn and live by Catholic Christian virtues.

• The most valuable assets of St. John the Baptist School are its students, families and teachers.

• Many students, families and teachers are leaving St. John the Baptist School because Catherine Kos and Fr. Tom Cargo are ineffective leaders. They refuse to respond to concerns or answer questions raised by school families and parishioners regarding the future of the school.

• Catherine Kos and Fr. Tom Cargo have made poor decisions regarding enrollment, faculty and curriculum without the input of faculty members, school board members, parish council, and/or school families.

• In order for St. John the Baptist to remain a successful Catholic school in the Diocese of Joliet, St. John the Baptist needs to retain its teachers and increase enrollment. This cannot be done with Catherine Kos as Principal and Fr. Tom Cargo as Pastor.

• The poor leadership within our parish and school has had a negative impact on attendance and financial offerings at Mass.

Alex Rechenmacher, Executive Assistant
Bishop R. Daniel Conlon (Diocese of Joliet), Diocese of Joliet
Remove Catherine Kos and Fr. Tom Cargo from St. John the Baptist.

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    1. Reached 110 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Mark Dourlain ADDISON, IL
      • 6 months ago

      Tom Cargo was Pastor at St. Joseph Parish and from everything I've read in your posts is exactly what he did at our beloved school. You MUST remove him or your school and congregation will suffer the same fate that we have. Our school closed that attendance declined. He was the worst thing to happen to our parish community.

    • Mary Kate Scheuller WHITEWATER, WI
      • about 1 year ago

      St. John the Baptist is the school I grew up with. The school, the students, and the faculty became a huge part of my life after all the years I spent there with them, and it breaks my heart that the new administration is tearing apart the SJB family that I know and love. The school was small and we didn't exactly have a lot, but the school prepared me very well for high school and my later years, and the friendships that I had then are still lasting through my college years. I don't want to see new school administrators cutting some of the best teachers I've ever had in my life.

    • Sami Ramos CHICAGO, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      This school was so good to me and I hate seeing that it is taking such a negative turn. Also, it is very upsetting to hear that teachers I know well and have been working at this school for so long, are now worried about keeping their jobs.

    • James Mueller WEST CHICAGO, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      Concerned about the future of the school and the education opportunities offered. Need to change communication style. Not good at this time

    • Pat Rosmonowski WINFIELD, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      St. John the Baptist Church has been in decline for the past several years. Under Fr. Tom's watch it's decline has accelerated. Sunday mass is a chore to attend. There is no enthusiasm, the music is out of the 60's, listening to Fr. Tom and his mundane mass is painful. I used to enjoy going to mass, today I go as an obligation to my religion. That is not how it is suppose to be. My family has begun the search for a new parish. We do not want to leave, but Fr. Tom's leadership makes it inevitable.

      Pat Rosmonowski


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