Superintendent of Catholic Schools to retire after serving diocese a quarter of a century
Bob Voboril has been a Catholic educator for 46 years and an administrator for 43.
“That’s enough,” he says.
Voboril, who has been superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Wichita for the past 25 years, announced that he will retire in the next few months, depending on how soon his position is filled.
“If it’s somebody that can come sooner, I’m willing to leave for them. If it’s somebody internal, then I’ll be glad to mentor them. If they don’t need to be mentored, I’ll be glad to go. So, I think any time is fine with me,” he said.
“For the better part of a year now, I’ve been really reflecting that I owe my wife and family a lot more of my time,” he said. “Being an administrator has been for me a 70-hour-a-week job for 40 years. That hasn’t left as much time as I’d like for Pam and for the kids.”
His six children live throughout the country, Voboril said, and his wife would like to visit them more often.
“I hate the idea of her always having to go alone because I have to work,” he said, “So, my goal would be to be a lot better husband and father in the next 10 years than I have been in the last 30 or 40.”
Although he has dedicated a quarter of a century to Catholic education in the diocese, Voboril said what’s he’s done for the diocese doesn’t begin to compare to what the diocese has done for him and his family.
“You have to remember I was the first person in my family to go to a Catholic school. I was the first one in my family to graduate from college, to not have to work at manual labor, to not have to live paycheck to paycheck,” he said.
Working in the Diocese of Wichita has been a blessing for him, his wife, and his children.
“When I look at all six of my kids being highly active in the church and their various communities – and tremendously involved in their parishes, a lot of that goes back to the Diocese of Wichita – the quality of the schools that the kids were able to attend and the kind of Catholic culture that surrounds this diocese.
“I know you hear it a lot, Wichita is special. But I can tell you in the world of education there’s Wichita and there’s every place else. It has a remarkable standing and for me to be associated with that in any way has been my good fortune.”
Voboril said he would like to be remembered simply.
He hopes years from now that the principals of the Diocese of Wichita will say of him: “He cared about me. He was always there when I needed him.”