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Dr. Rick Erickson: dre@archmil.org

Holyland Catholic School (HCS) has named Dr. Rick Erickson as our new principal. HCS serves St. John the Baptist (Johnsburg), Visitation of Mary (Marytown) and St. Isidore the Farmer (Mt. Calvary/St. Cloud) parishes in the Holyland.

Dr. Erickson has extensive experience as an educator and administrator in both Catholic and public schools, most recently as the principal of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School in Random Lake. Dr. Erickson’s experience as a teacher, counselor and administrator has taken him from Willibrord Catholic High School in Chicago to St. Mary Springs in Fond du Lac as well as service in the North Fond du Lac and Sheboygan School Districts.

Dr. Erickson has been an active counselor for over 45 years, holding a Doctorate in Human Services with emphasis in Psychology and Sociology.  Dr. Erickson founded the South Chicago Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center and helped found the Children’s Grief Support Center in Fond du Lac and the Fond du Lac County Crisis Response Team, a group that has responded to all tragedies involving schools in our county.  He has also assisted ASTOP in Fond du Lac for several years, counseling victims of abuse and their significant others.  He has taught at all levels from early childhood to graduate level in college having a strong sense of the role each plays in the educational sequence of an individual.  Trained as a Chicago Catholic Archdiocese Lay Minister since 1973, Dr. Erickson has been serving as a member of the St. Isidore Parish Pastoral Council for the past year and has been its representative to our School Advisory Council.

A lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, Dr. Erickson has coached or moderated many athletic and co-curricular programs having spent forty-six years as a coach in basketball at all levels from middle school to college (an experience which includes having coached on opposite sides of the court of now Archbishop Listecki).  He also coached high school football for twenty years and has been a high school baseball coach.  Dr. Erickson’s love for sports and desire to expand the possibilities for girls led him to help form the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference in Chicago.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Erickson and his wife Juliet have been pleased to make their home in the Holyland for the past seventeen years.  Dr. Erickson’s wife Juliet has been a teacher at St. Mary Springs High School for the past thirty-three years.

Parent Testimonials

Wilkum Family One of the things I appreciate most about HCS is how the kids interact with one another as if it is the most natural thing in the world. Thank you for being great role models for the kids and for encouraging them to be great role models for the younger kids. I know Gregory is a better person because of his interaction with the 'big' kids. It really does make HCS a great place.

Wagner Family We send our children to CPES for many reasons. Small class sizes allow the dedicated teachers at CPES to focus on individual student needs. Academic rigor and Catholic values are a given. Most important to me is the emphasis placed on respect and kindness each day at CPES.

Ditter Family We send our kids to CPES to build strong values in them. The smaller classes allow plenty of opportunities for us as parents to be involved in the school.



Student Testimonials

Owen Jacobs
I like CPES because you get super smart!

Adam Lisowe - past student
As a sophomore I feel I am a lot farther in my classes than students that came from the public school. I was taught very early in my education that I needed to be responsible for getting my work organized and done. I was taught very good study habits that have followed me through my current high school years. Thanks to CPES I am on track to completing several college credits in high school which will help me financially and academically in college. CPES also taught me to be a leader and volunteer in our community, which will help me in years to come when applying for scholarships. CPES laid down a solid foundation for me to build the rest of my education on. I am grateful to my parents for making the decision to send me to CPES because it made a huge difference in my schooling and my life.

Anna Jacobs
I like CPES because I learn about Jesus and all the good things he did.

Mackenzie Ditter
I like it because we get to go to church every week and the teachers are really nice.