Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership

June 5-7, 2017

 Catholic Education/Formation: "From and For Faith"  

Deadline to Register is June 1, 2017   

Introduction • Goals • PresentersCatholic Identity • Location • Program • Cost & Registration 
Directions and Maps • More Information


Every age has its gifts and challenges.  The challenge of ours is secularity. One way this manifests itself is in the increasing number of cultural but not active Catholics.  This situation begs the question, Why Catholic school-based education and parish-based formation?  Instead of downplaying the Catholic identity of our education and formation programs, we must renew their grounding in the Catholic faith and enhance their distinctiveness for our own age.  

The 2017 Summer Institute makes the case that Catholic education and formation tap into our faith’s deep wells of tradition.  They educate from a faith perspective by drawing upon the universal values of Catholicism to provide a distinctive philosophy and spirituality.  They educate for faith by proposing our faith as a dynamic resource for the life of the individual, Church, and world today. 

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As a result of the Summer Institute participants will:

  • Work with one of the most engaging and well known Catholic religious educators today.
  • Reflect on what it means to "bring faith to life and life to faith" in school and parish settings. 
  • Learn about Catholicism's implications for an education or formation program's curriculum, purpose, and ethos.
  • Through case studies and collaboration with peers, develop practical applications that can be implemented in school and parish. 
  • Develop a community of fellow education and formation professionals locally and nationally. 
  • Celebrate accomplishments at the closing luncheon. 
  • For local participants, assist the Archdiocese of New Orleans in realizing the goals of its synod (entitled "Encountering Jesus, Witnessing with Joy"), especially the ones emphasizing transformational leadership and preparation of servant leaders for the Church.

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Featured Speaker: Dr. Thomas Groome, Author and Professor of Theology and Religious Education, Boston College
Dr. Groome is an inspiring, humorous, and practically oriented speaker.  He hails from Ireland and holds graduate degrees in the U.S. from Fordham University and Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. His publications include Catholic Spiritual Practices: Treasures Old and New and What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life. He is also author of Christian Religious Education, Sharing Faith, Educating for Life, and Will There Be Faith: A New Vison for Educating and Growing Disciples.  He has written catechetical material for students of all ages and is editor, most recently, of Credo, a series published by Veritas that implements the USCCB's doctrinal framework for high schools.
Other Speakers and Panelists  TBA - Check Back!

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Catholic Identity

This year’s Summer Institute explicitly addresses the following Defining Characteristics of Catholic schools—which also apply to parishes—as articulated in the Catholic Schools Standards Project:

  • Centered in the Person of Jesus Christ,
  • Contributing to the Evangelizing Mission of the Church,
  • Steeped in a Catholic Worldview,
  • Sustained by Gospel Witness,
  • Shaped by Communion and Community.

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Loyola University New Orleans, Danna Student Center, Audubon Room
6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118

On-campus housing is available. Contact Claire Moldthan (Information Below)


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Monday, Check-In and Breakfast 8:00 AM-9:00 AM, Institute 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Tuesday, Mass 8:00 AM-8:30 AM, Breakfast 8:30 AM-9:00 AM, Institute 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Wednesday, Mass 8:00 AM-8:30 AM, Breakfast 8:30 AM-9:00 AM, Institute 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Closing Lunch 12:00 PM-2:30 PM

Mass will be held in Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall (optional)

Closing Lunch Restaurant TBA - Check Back! (Past closing luncheons have been held at Redfish Grill, John Besh's Restaurant August, Ralph's on the Park, and Antoine's)

COST & Registration

Deadline to Register is June 1, 2017  
$150 cost for all participants 
Cost includes daily breakfast, lunch on campus Monday & Tuesday, and closing lunch on Wednesday

  • To register and pay by credit card, please complete the online registration form using our secure payment page GO»
  • To register and pay by check or money order, please download and complete the registration form, then and mail with your payment.

NOTE: All participants should complete a registration form, even if their registration fee is paid by someone else. 

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Getting to Loyola University New Orleans

Navigating the Main Campus at Loyola

FREE parking will be available on campus in the West Road garage.  From St. Charles Avenue, turn on West Road which runs along the left side of Holy Name of Jesus Church. The garage will be straight ahead. Once parked, take the elevator or stairs to the first level and proceed through the gates onto the Peace Quad. The Danna Student Center will be on the left and Bobet Hall (Ignatius Chapel for mass) will be on the right. Follow directional signs.

Download and print a campus map here.

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  • Credit is available from the Archdiocese of New Orleans for Parish and School Catechetical Leaders (SCL & PCL) and school Principals who attend the institute. For more information contact the Office of Religious Education, 504-861-6270 or the Office of Catholic Schools, 504-866-7916.
  • Any questions? Contact Claire Moldthan at or 504-865-3079

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The Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans Offices of Catholic Schools and Religious Education and by the Loyola Institute for Ministry.