Jesuit President, Reverend Fitzgerald diagnosed with ALS
Rev. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J., the president of Jesuit High School for the past two years, announced to the school community Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, and intends to step down from his post at the end of the school year.
Fitzgerald said his diagnosis first came in June of last year and was confirmed this past fall.
Because of the diagnosis he intends to step down as president of the school at the end of this school year. But he struck a hopeful and optimistic tone, saying that he is currently taking medication that has been shown to slow the deterioration of the disease, and is undergoing physical therapy.
He said the search for his successor is underway, in consultation with the school's Board of Directors and the Jesuit New Orleans Province.
Fitzgerald said his immediate predecessor, Rev. Anthony McGinn, S.J., will be made available to serve as president during the search. McGinn served as president for nearly 20 years before resigning in 2010.
Fitzgerald is a New Orleans native and 1976 graduate of Jesuit High School, who also taught at the school after graduating from Loyola University.