Father Jon Chalmers was appointed President of John Carroll Catholic High School on November 9, 2022.
Fr. Jon grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA; finished high school in New Jersey; and started college in Chicago. A series of wildly improbable events brought him to Alabama for what he thought would be a brief visit. Now thirty years later, he has found a welcoming home and several vocations in Alabama. He finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and then worked with the University for another 12 years, finally as Director of the Program for Rural Services and Research where he worked with communities throughout the state in public education, economic development, arts, and community health. Along the way, he did a Masters in Education at Harvard University and a Master of Divinity from Yale University.
Prior to his appointment at John Carroll, he was President of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham from 2015 to 2021 and Pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Gate City, a neighborhood of Birmingham. He has also worked in Catholic healthcare in the areas of mission leadership, formation, spiritual care, and bioethics.
Fr. Jon has a passion for old roads, old houses, local history, and wilderness trails. He also has particular interest in how the past informs the future, the conversation between nature and culture, and redemptive responses to social challenges. He is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Birmingham.
Fr. Jon is Pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Hoover, Alabama.
Dr. Anthony Montalto, Principal
Dr. Anthony Montalto comes to John Carroll Catholic High School with many years of administrative and teaching experience in Alabama. He began his career teaching and coaching at Hewitt-Trussville Jr. High and later at Pinson Valley High School. He served as an Assistant Principal and Principal at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School and High School. He then became the Director of Support Services at Central Office of the newly formed Trussville City School system and then the Director of Student Services for Jefferson County School system.
Dr. Montalto is excited to be a part of the history and tradition of the John Carroll family and enjoys working with a great staff to provide the best high school education and religious opportunities for our students.