Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Catholic Education Foundation Seminar 2023: The Role of the Priest in Today’s Catholic School

July 11-13 at Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center, North Palm Beach, Florida
St John Baptist de La Salle

I am indebted, once again, to Fr Peter Stravinskas of the Catholic Education Foundation for the following information about this wonderful annual event intended primarily for bishops, priests and seminarians. I attended last year as a speaker and found it to be inspiring and full of hope. This offers practical advice and support priests who are involved in or have an interest in orthodox Catholic education. Here is the information that Fr Peter gave to me about this year’s conference. 

The Catholic Education Foundation invites bishops, priests and seminarians to participate in an intensive and comprehensive three-day seminar The Role of the Priest in Today’s Catholic School.

For whom? Clergy who are pastors, parochial vicars, or those directly involved in the elementary or secondary school apostolate (or who wish to be) – as well as seminarians. 
When? From 4:00 p.m., July 11 to 4:00 p.m., July 13, 2023 
Where? Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center, North Palm Beach (a ten-minute ride from West Palm Beach Airport) 
The Team: 
  • Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D. (President, CEF) 
  • Michael Acquilano (Chief Operating Officer, Diocese of Charleston) 
  • Sister Elizabeth Ann Allen, OP, Ed.D. (Director, Center for Catholic Education, Aquinas College, Nashville) 
  • Rev. John Belmonte, SJ (Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Venice) 
  • Rev. Robert-Charles Bengry (Pastor, Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Calgary) 
  • David Bonagura (Regis High School, New York) 
  • Most Rev. Thomas Daly (Bishop of Spokane; Chairman, USCCB Committee on Education) 
  • Rev. Michael Davis (Pastor, Archdiocese of Miami) 
  • Mary Pat Donoghue (Executive Director, Secretariat of Catholic Education, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) 
  • Julie Enzler (Principal, Cathedral High School, Houston/ Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter) 
  • Most Rev. Arthur Kennedy, Ph.D. (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Boston) 
  • Rev. James Kuroly, Ed.D. (President/Rector, Cathedral Prep, Brooklyn) 
  • Alexis Kutarna (Director of Sacred Music, Cathedral High School, Houston/ Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter) 
  • Dr. Sebastian Mahfood (President, En Route Books and Media) 
  • Dr. Gregory Monroe (Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Charlotte) 
  • Rev. Christopher Peschel (Pastor & Central School Board, Diocese of Fall River) 
  • Brother Owen Sadlier, OSF (Professor of Philosophy, St. Joseph Seminary, Archdiocese of New York)
  • Rev. Msgr. Joseph Schaedel (Pastor, Archdiocese of Indianapolis) 
  • Lincoln Synder (President, National Catholic Educational Association) 
  • Dr. Susan Trasancos (Vice-President of the Board, Chief Research Officer, Children of God for Life)
  • Rev. Patrick York (Pastor, Diocese of Wichita) 
How much? $650 (all-inclusive); $550 for registrations before May 31 
The CEF – convinced by history and the present reality – believes that the viability of our Catholic schools is largely dependent on the support and involvement of our priests. Our seminar will include workshops dealing with the following topics: 
 • Conciliar and Papal Teaching on Catholic Education 
 • The History of Catholic Education in the United States 
 • The Priest’s Presence in the School Community (Students, Faculty, Administration, Parents)
 • The Priest as the Public Relations Man of the School 
 • Financial Concerns 
 • Models of Governance and Best Practices 
For further information, call 732-903-5213 or email fstravinskas@hotmail.com.

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