Welcome to St. Joseph School – where there has been over a century of committed teachers and staff who have provided a high quality education integrated with our Catholic faith for children of Fairhaven and surrounding towns.

I am so excited to be your new principal and I am truly looking forward to getting to know every student, family, benefactor, and community member.  While I am new to St. Joseph School, I am not new to the Diocese of Fall River, so I feel like I am finally back “home”.  After spending three years in California as a Catholic school principal, my family returned back to the New Bedford area and I am so blessed to be returning to Catholic school administration.

One of the lessons I have consistently learned about being a principal is that the first year is a time to listen more intently in order to better understand the school community’s goals, desires, and challenges for their children and families.  Education has changed dramatically just in the course of three or four years, so much so that taking the time to listen is more important than ever.  Our culture does not naturally stop to listen, but we as Catholics are encouraged to go to adoration and pray on a regular basis so that we have the opportunity to reflect and listen to what God is telling us.

This IS the essence of Catholic education, and for what we as Catholic school educators have been known for many decades.  More now than ever, we need Catholic schools to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and beauty of a life lived in His name.  I am so privileged to be a part of your child(ren)’s education, and I look forward to an exciting adventure together over this school year!

Mrs. Heidi Kuliga, Principal