Father Joel Konzen, Trustee
Father Konzen was born in 1950 and grew up in Oak Harbor, Ohio, in the Diocese of Toledo. He attended public schools through 8th grade and then high school seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio, followed by college at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana (BA, English). He attended Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans for two years, studying theology for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. At Notre Dame, he made the decision to enter the Society of Mary novitiate (Washington, DC) in 1974 and took first vows as a Marist in 1975. Father’s apostolic year was spent teaching religion and English at Chanel High School, Bedford, Ohio. He completed degrees at Notre Dame Seminary (MDiv) and Catholic University of America (MA, Theology), took perpetual vows in the Society of Mary, and was ordained a deacon in 1978 and priest in 1979.
Father Konzen was parochial vicar at St. Edmond’s in Lafayette, Louisiana, for one year. In 1980, he began his first assignment at Marist School, Atlanta, as, successively, teacher and admissions director, principal, and president. In 1989, he moved to Washington, DC, as a graduate student at Catholic University and Vicar Provincial of the Washington Province. In 1991, he received an MA in education administration from Catholic University. From 1992 to 1997 he was principal and president at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy in Austin, Texas. In 1997, Joel was assigned to Washington, DC, where he was Vicar Provincial for two years.
In 1999, Father returned to Marist School where he has since served as principal and has taught a leadership class to older students. He served as president of Marist School between the death of Fr. Richmond Egan and the arrival of Fr. John Harhager. He serves on the boards of Notre Dame Prep/Marist Academy (Pontiac, MI), Notre Dame Academy (Duluth, GA), Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, and the Georgia Independent School Association.