This sixth year of the Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership brings together leaders and aspiring leaders from schools and parishes to focus on the centrality of prayer for Catholic educational leadership—authentic and effective leadership in this area rests on and flows from prayer.
This theme was chosen to help schools and parishes implement the new “National Defining Characteristics of Effective Catholic Education.” The following Defining Characteristics for Catholic education programs will be addressed thoroughly in this Institute. They:
The Institute is intentionally practical. It begins with an extended experience of small community prayer that is valuable in itself but that also provides an experiential foundation on which to build the rest of the Institute. Participants then receive numerous resources and extensive instruction in developing a culture and communities of prayer in their contexts. Finally, with assistance from the facilitator and others, participants begin to build the framework for a culture and community of prayer that is appropriate to their context and inspired by the charism—whether of their parish, diocese, or founding religious community.
The Summer Institute is co-sponsored by the Office of Catholic Schools and the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and by the Loyola Institute for Ministry. It takes place on campus at Loyola University New Orleans.
In addition to the defining characteristics above, upon successful completion of the Institute, participants will be able to:
Jennifer Coito will facilitate the Summer Institute this year. She has worked in faith formation for over ten years, has a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology with a concentration in spiritual direction from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and currently works for the California Province of Jesuits in the Christian Life Community (CLC) Program. She leads retreats and workshops on small communities of prayer around the country for participants of all ages and ethnic backgrounds; she has prepared best-practices-based materials and formation opportunities for group leaders, and she is known for her practical and engaging style. She will draw on the wide range of resources that have been developed for CLCs, a movement that has roots in Ignatian spirituality but that, more generally, provides a framework for ongoing communities of prayer that can draw on the charisms of a diocese, parish or any sponsoring religious community.
Summer Institutes always included a closing lunch on Thursday at a nice New Orleans restaurant. This year's is:
Past restaurants have included: