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Eau Claire Deanery

The Very Rev. Derek Sakowski is the Dean of the Eau Claire Deanery. Fr. Sakowski's three-year term began effective October 15, 2017.

Fr. Sakowski is also currently the Pastor at St. Mary's Parish in Altoona and St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish in Fall Creek and serves as the Hispanic Minister for the Eau Claire area.

The Dean is the Bishop's representative for the Deanery, of which there are 13 in the Diocese of La Crosse. The Deans also serve as an advisory body to the Bishop, along with the Presbyteral Council. As part of his role as Dean, Fr. Sakowski will be responsible for monitoring the vitality of our parishes and helping our Catholic school system maintain a strong identity.

"I ask your prayers as I begin my term as Dean," Fr. Sakowski said. "I don't think anyone ever feels adequate to a task like this, but I find it heartening that my brother priests and Bishop Callahan are placing their trust in me. Thankfully I am following skilled predecessors in Fr. Konopa and Fr. Meuret. I have learned much from their good example. We are also quite blessed in this Deanery to have an outstanding group of priests who work well together and who truly love the Lord and His people. My role as Dean means looking after the welfare of those priests, the deanery parishes, and our shared pastoral activity. That includes serving Regis Catholic Schools as the Bishop's official representative. Thankfully I do not have to lead Regis alone. We have a highly competent leadership team, faculty, and staff - not to mention hundreds of amazing parents who believe in our mission. Over the past 5+ years, I have gotten to know many Regis stakeholders at every level, and I believe we are stronger than ever in our Catholic identity and academic excellence. Best of all, our key people are highly motivated to keep improving. I thank God in advance for the ways that I know He will bless us all in the years ahead."

Testimonials

Elizabeth Cerny, Regis Parent
"Regis Catholic Schools helps nurture each child's hopes and dreams and teaches them how to care for others and grow in their own faith. The teachers challenge their intellect by allowing them to fail and prasing them when they grow and learn how to accomplish what they didn't think was possible."
- Elizabeth Cerny, Regis Parent
Shaughnessy Murphy, Class of 2002
"The Regis motto, "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow", couldn't be more true. The foundation for my successes today were first forged in the classroom and athletic programs at Regis."
- Shaughnessy Murphy, Class of 2002
Megan Pokrandt, Class of 2016
“My experience at Regis was wonderful. The teachers are very compassionate and are always willing to take extra time to make sure they provide their students with the best education possible. I am very grateful for the education I received at Regis. I feel that it will really help me in putting my best foot forward into my future.”
- Megan Pokrandt, Class of 2016
Michele Seeman, Regis Parent
"There is a level of comfort here that we can't get at the public schools. We believe the staff and other parents hold the same basic values that we do, which is important. Additionally, we feel that Regis Catholic Schools is the best option for preparing our children for the future."
- Michele Seeman, Regis Parent
Mike Andrews, Regis Parent
"We just feel at home and so do our kids. Regis is a great place to be and it's where our family wants to be."
- Mike Andrews, Regis Parent
John Mulligan, Class of 1983
"The values I learned at Regis carry over for your entire life; values like treating people respectfully and working hard to achieve your goals. These are values that lead to success in life."
- John Mulligan, Class of 1983
Grace Kristo, Class of 2020
"I feel like the focus on service and helping others has helped me grow as an individual and the class sizes has given me an opportunity to learn more than I could at a public school."
- Grace Kristo, Class of 2020
Morgan Metz, Class of 2018
"The learning environment at Regis is very inviting. Everyone here wants you to succeed and that has pushed me to perform better."
- Morgan Metz, Class of 2018
Stephanie Anderson, Regis Parent
"The teachers are very accessible and welcome parent communication and involvement. It feels like a team approach - families and teachers working together to find what is best for each student."
- Stephanie Anderson, Regis Parent
Joe Larson, Class of 2016
"I never had any regrets about coming to Regis. I think this is the best place I could be. It is a friendly atmosphere and you get to know the teachers, which is great. They are not just another teacher for you and you are not just another student for them. You really get to know them."
- Joe Larson, Class of 2016
Regan Alexander, Class of 2016
"Students at Regis Catholic Schools are given so many academic opportunities. We have a wide variety of AP courses and you can take online courses through difference colleges. Whatever you're interested in...you can do here!"
- Regan Alexander, Class of 2016
Jack Usher, Class of 2017
"Regis is absolutely worth every penny that you spend here. It is just the greatest environment, the greatest teachers and the greatest people."
- Jack Usher, Class of 2017

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

Regis Catholic Schools is dedicated to educating students of all faiths in a Catholic, Christ-centered environment. We are united by Our Core Values of Living Faith, Accepting Responsibility, Promoting Teamwork, Achieving Excellence, and Inspiring Leadership.