Deacon Brad Watkins


Deacon Brad Watkins is the Academy’s headmaster. He also teaches electives in theology, art and design. Deacon Watkins came to the Academy after many years of teaching on both the secondary and collegiate level and several years as the Administrative Secretary to the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.

“I remember once asking a group of students to write on a chalkboard what they thought our Christian faith was ultimately all about. Covering almost every inch of a very large board, students had wonderful answers. One student however, wrote a simple word in the very center of it all – love.” Having been involved in the formation of young men and women since he was a teen, Deacon Watkins has come to understand that at the core of what we do as educators, if we are to be fruitful, is love.

Deacon Watkins believes that “ours is a relational faith. Intimate relationships with God and each other are essential to who and what we are as Christians. The extent to which we love God reflects the love we have for one another. In our school this truth is witnessed in how deeply teachers care for students, both in the classroom and out.  If we think back to the teachers we liked most, the ones that truly inspired us, they are usually the ones we feel cared the most about us.  And they are usually the ones we loved the most in return. As St. John Bosco says, ‘great is the teacher’s influence on his pupils if they love him.’“

“Personally, it is a blessing to be a part of this school family, collaborating on a daily basis with such an outstanding faculty and working with such incredible young men and women in a safe and joyful environment that is dedicated to doing all things to the greater glory of God.”

Deacon Watkins is an ordained permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.  He completed his B.Des. degrees in Graphic Design and Art+Design at North Carolina State University’s College of Design and his M.F.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.