Lumen Verum is a proud Catholic school fully committed to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our number one goal is to preserve and enrich the faith of your child — we want them to graduate high school with a complete understanding of God’s power to guide and serve them throughout their lives. Every one of our leaders and teachers are practicing Catholics devoted to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
Craig Timothy Dyke, Co-Principal for Faith Formation and Student Life M.A.,
Theology & Christian Ministry, Catechetics Specialization, Franciscan University
Mr. Craig Timothy Dyke has been appointed Co-Principal for Faith Formation & Student Life for Lumen Verum Academy. In this position, Mr. Dyke will be responsible for in-person activities designed to retain and deepen the faith of students, including daily prayer, weekly Mass or Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation, athletics, student clubs, academic seminars, field trips, team-building, hikes, and social activities.
A native New Englander from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Mr. Dyke earned a B.A. in Theology and an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry with a Catechetics Specialization from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. Inspired by the rich Catholic traditions of our Faith, as well as his studies of St. John Paul II’s writings on evangelization, catechesis, marriage, and family life Mr. Dyke has more than 20 years of ministry experience with youth, young adults, and families, including: marriage preparation and enrichment, and catechizing youth and adults, as well as organizing and leading youth participation in the March for Life, Steubenville Youth Conferences, retreats, sports, and service activities.”
Mr. Dyke has previously served as Director of Family Life for the Archdiocese of Boston, as well as prior appointments as the Director of the Office of Evangelization and Family Life for the Diocese of Peoria in Illinois, the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Rapid City in South Dakota, and most recently, the Director of the Family Life Office in the Archdiocese of Omaha in Nebraska. Mr. Dyke’s local ministry experience provides him with an extensive network of faith-related relationships in the Archdiocese of Boston, which will be tapped to ensure the active participation of priests, religious brothers and sisters, and seminarians in the education and formation of students, as well as the availability of the sacraments. Mr. Dyke and his wife, Amy, who met while studying together at Franciscan University, have been married for over 20 years and have five daughters. Their college-aged children attend Ave Maria University and Franciscan University, both colleges listed in the guide of Catholic colleges published by the Cardinal Newman Society. In addition to Mr. Dyke’s love for his Faith and family, he enjoys good books, good food and wine, camping and hiking, woodworking, athletics, and strapping on his guitar to play music with his daughters.
Karen Celano, Co-Principal for Academics
Karen Celano, currently Director of Instruction for the acclaimed St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been appointed Co-Principal for Academics for Lumen Verum Academy. In that capacity, Mrs. Celano will be responsible for implementing the academic program of Lumen Verum Academy, integrating the Catholic intellectual tradition into all subjects, assembling a team of top-rate teachers, and attracting extraordinary guest lecturers from across the English-speaking world. She will have the lead responsibility for harnessing technology to provide a one-of-a-kind and intellectually dazzling educational experience for the students of Lumen Verum Academy.
Mrs. Celano is a former teacher who has taught Latin, theology, and social studies. Her teaching experience spans every grade from third through eleventh grades, and she has broad experience in a wide variety of Catholic educational settings. In addition to teaching at St. Paul’s Choir School, she has taught religion at Boston College High School and the Dominican Academy in New York City, is a current participant in the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s Aspiring School Leader Program, and has worked in collaboration with the Classical Learning Test. She has taught First Communion and Confirmation preparation and adult catechesis classes, and she also spent a year homeschooling her son.
Mrs. Celano earned an M.T.S., Theology, from the University of Notre Dame, with the History of Christianity as her major field of study, and a B.A., History, with honors, from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She was also awarded a full academic scholarship for the graduate study of religion at Yale University, where she served as a teaching fellow in the Yale Divinity School. While an undergraduate student, Mrs. Celano served as the Religious Life Committee Chair at the Newman Center at Johns Hopkins University.
Mrs. Celano and her husband, Chris, met at the Johns Hopkins’ Newman Center when her future husband was preparing her to be an altar server. They have two school-aged children — a son who will be entering high school next year and a daughter who is a kindergarten student at a parochial school. In her leisure, Mrs. Celano enjoys praying the Liturgy of the Hours, reading 19th century British literature, and going on nature walks.