Join us July 14, 2014!

Charism, Culture, and Curriculum

The Center for Catholic Education at the University of Dayton welcomes you to join us for the 2014 Catholic Education Summit.  

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"To educate is to save souls ..."

This annual summit invites all who have an interest in Catholic education to come together in a spirit of faith and collaboration. Both informative and inspirational, the summit allows the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education to share our commitment to Catholic education – and Catholic educators – from across the nation and around the world in the common mission of the Church.

Educators from all settings – urban, suburban, and rural – will find this conference to be informative. We welcome all teachers, superintendents, pastors, philanthropists, and higher education personnel to attend. The summit holds promise for networking, informing, praying, dreaming, planning, and taking action so that the gift of urban Catholic schools will flourish. 

Participants may register to attend the Summit on campus ($65) or virtually ($75).

Registration is available online or by mailing the Registration Form (pdf) with payment. 

For further information, please contact Gina Lloyd at or 937-229-3921.

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Presentations will occurr in multiple sessions throughout the day:

Session 1

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


John R. Wilcox, Ph.D. (Location TBA)

"Catholic Culture." Will you know it when you see, feel, breathe, or touch it?

One Catholic university president said that culture was like a mist: “If you stand in it long enough, you’ll get soaked.” That’s a good way to start the conversation. Culture is an intriguing subject:
• Does your school have a Catholic culture? How do you know that?
• How would the faculty, parents, students (if properly asked), and clergy describe your culture (if you are brave enough to ask them)?
• What should the Catholic culture of a school be like?
• Is there a standard or, even better, some good examples to which you can point? What makes their culture “Catholic”?
• How are you going to energize or invigorate your culture?
• What does culture have to do with charism and curriculum?


Rod Murphy (Location TBA)

Charism and Catholic Identity

Forty years ago, parishioners would have been able to see and identify in a given Catholic school the charism that radiated from whichever religious community was serving as the core faculty members. Today, school leaders from the laity and from professed religious communities must accept the responsibility of becoming the vessels of grace within Catholic elementary and secondary schools. In agreeing to do so, they must first prayerfully discern which charisms they have been given, and then let their prayers lead them and their schools into bold and active discipleship.

In this session, we will address the following key questions:

  • What is charism? Who receives one, and for whose benefit?
  • How, in Christian humility, can a leadership team in a Catholic elementary or secondary school, radiate its charisms in a way that indelibly stamps Catholic identity on the school?
  • If Fr. Robert Barron is right in saying that “authentic prayer leads to active discipleship,” then how should we pray in an authentic way? What will active discipleship look like?

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Session 2

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


Francesca M. Franchina (Location TBA)

"Wake up and smell the rigatoni!"
Charism, Culture, Community and the New Evangelization: Festa Fresca allá Francesca!

Jesus said: “Come back to Me with all your heart” and ”Let the children come to Me!” This presentation invites parish and school administrators, teachers, students, parents, fundraisers, and community advocates to develop efforts combining all elements of the 2014 University of Dayton Catholic Education Summit in a faith-based experiential learning project to resuscitate, revive and renew zeal, fervor, faith, hope, charity and The New Evangelization, utilizing TYBO Tactics® and Project TOTL®. This Creative Thinking and Human Development Problem Solving Process® develops creativity, inductive/deductive reasoning, personal and communal identity, and leadership skills encompassing Catholicism and the community in an upbeat, enthusiastic, joy-filled mode for Catholic Schools that is motivational, educational, inspirational and perspirational. This fresh approach for the development and appreciation of all God’s people culminates in a parish/school event involving and energizing students, parents and the community.


Mollie Mallin, Patti Reuber, and Mary Beth Walters (Location TBA)

The Creation and Evolution of a Catholic School's Math PLC

In this presentation, members of the Math PLC will share how the PLC formed, summarize the work that the Math PLC has undertaken each year, and impart “lessons learned” regarding what has worked and what has not worked for the group. Presenters will also highlight how their involvement in the Math PLC has benefited them personally as well as how it has benefited their students.

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Session 3

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Sherry Gabert, Norm Rich, and Denise Warnecke (Location TBA)

Wisdom, Worship, Works: Building Discipleship (a Metric for Catholic Identity)

In a culture that threatens our Catholic identity, we have to create schools that nurture discipleship in our young people. This presentation will examine a rubric created for measuring Catholic identity in our schools.

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2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

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Get to know who will be leading your sessions.

Image of OzarDr. Lorraine Ozar

Lorraine A. Ozar holds a B.A. degree from Marygrove College, Detroit, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University, New York. She has spent almost 40 years in Catholic education as a teacher, administrator, and author, providing professional development and leadership to Catholic educators around the country. Dr. Ozar is the founding director of the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education (originally the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness) in the School of Education Loyola University Chicago and the lead author of the recently published National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. She is the 2010 recipient of the F. Sadlier Dinger Award and the 2011 recipient of the NCEA C. Albert Koob Award, both given for outstanding contributions to Catholic education on the national level. In October 2012, she was honored with NCEA’s highest award, the Seton President’s Medal.

In addition to directing the Greeley Center for Catholic Education, Dr. Ozar is a Clinical Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in Loyola’s School of Education.


Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D.Min., is Director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives and a Professor in Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. She is also an instructor for the School of Education Graduate online program and has been involved with distance education for many years, currently using internet and digital technologies. Her current work in this area is the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) online courses in English and Spanish. Dr. Zukowski serves as an international consultant addressing topics related to communications and education and gives workshops, seminars and lectures around the world. She serves on several boards related to Catholic education, including the Catholic Leadership Academy Planning Committee (the United States), Board of Governors of CREDI (Catholic Religious Eudcation Developnent Initiative) and as animator for Mary Queen of Peace (five schools/parishes which merged) as a consultant for cultivating a Beatitude Culture within the school, families and local neighborhood communities. Dr. Zukowski is a Marianist Education Associate (MEA), and has been teaching at UD for more than 34 years.

Image of AdamsDR. SHAUNA ADAMS

Shauna Adams, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for Early Learning at the University of Dayton. This center is not a place but rather a group of initiative designed to support early learning. She is also an Associate Professor of Early Childhood at the University of Dayton, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in child development, curriculum and assessment, and early childhood research, leadership and advocacy. After 12 years in P-12 schools as a special educator and school psychologist, she earned a doctorate in early childhood education from the University of Cincinnati.  Since becoming faculty at UD, Dr. Adams has had the privilege of working as the faculty liaison to the Bombeck Family Learning Center, the University of Dayton’s Early Childhood Demonstration School, which has served as an inspiration for articles, books and presentations. She is a coauthor of an early childhood faith formation series for RCL Benziger entitled Stories of God’s Love as well as a textbook in early childhood program administration written for Cengage Publishers.

Image of FrancescaFrancesca M. Longo Franchina

Francesca Franchina is an independent media producer and president of Franchina Communications International, LLC. She produces and hosts a weekly radio program, Francesca and Friends, for Radio Maria, which broadcasts in more than 60 countries. She has received Arnie and Peabody Awards for Mamma Francesca’s Place, a children’s cable TV program, and several documentaries, including Our Jewish Roots in Christianity.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Francesca is the former Director of Communications for the Marianists (Society of Mary), Province of Cincinnati. She taught in the Dayton Public Schools and at WomanLine Crisis Counseling Center. She received a United Way Grant to conduct a pilot program in the Dayton Schools using her TYBO TACTICS® and PROJECT TOTL® as an alternative to drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy and suicide. She was recognized by the governor of Ohio for Community Service, named one of Dayton’s Ten Top Women, and received the University of Dayton Alumni Award for Special Achievement. She graduated from UD with a B.S. in Elementary Education (K-8), M. S. in Educational Counseling and Human Services, and certification in Pastoral Telecommunications.

Francesca is married and has five sons.

Image of Rhonda MercsRhonda Mercs

Rhonda Mercs attended Wright State University and earned a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling. After graduation, she worked full time in a school, providing counseling services to students with severe behavior problems. Four years later, Rhonda began part-time work providing services in a youth partial hospitalization program, for an alternative classroom setting for students struggling, for a crisis unit, and with IEP students in a local school district, as well as helping families connect with much needed services. After several years, she returned to full-time work in a high school, providing counseling services to students identified as emotionally disturbed. In 2007, Rhonda accepted a position to provide prevention and counseling services to students attending urban Catholic schools with high poverty rates. She remains with the same program today, known as the Urban Child Development Resource Center (UCDRC). After five years as a UCDRC counselor, Rhonda became the UCDRC director in 2012.


Louise "Toni" Moore, Ph.D. is the Director of the St. Remy Initiative and the Catholic Leadership Institute Project at the University of Dayton. She has served as a long-time Catholic school teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, consultant and adjunct professor for the University of Dayton. Moore's research includes the spiritual formation of Catholic school principals, leadership development for Catholic school educators, mentoring, staff development, and collaboration. Currently her primary focus is cultivating leadership and the professional formation and development of those who serve the interests of Catholic schools.

Image of MulhallMR. DANIEL S. MULHALL

Mr. Daniel S. Mulhall currently serves as Director of Professional Development for RCL Benziger, a Catholic religious education publishing house.   During his long career, Mr. Mulhall has been a Catholic high school religion teacher, a parish catechist and liturgical musician, and a religion textbook publisher. He has also served as a consultant for adult faith formation in the Diocese of Covington, KY, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA, and as an Assistant Secretary for Catechesis and Inculturation for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Mr. Mulhall holds an M.A. in Theology from the Catholic University of America and an M.A. in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis University in Denver. Mr. Mulhall and his wife, Kathleen, have been married for 34 years, and have three adult children and two grandchildren. Mr. Mulhall is sponsored at the Summit by RCL Benziger.

Image of Denise WarneckeMs. Denise Warnecke

Denise Warnecke is the Regional Director for the Northern Area Office of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. A graduate of the University of Dayton, with a Master’s Degree in Theology, Denise has taught in Catholic Schools, and ministered in parishes in the Archdiocese. As Regional Director, she offers support and encouragement to the catechetical leaders of her area, facilitates networking among the leaders, teaches courses and gives workshops for catechetical certification, and acts as a consultant to parish staffs. She serves on the Archdiocesan Sacramental Ministry Team and the RCIA Team, and collaborates with other Archdiocesan offices on projects affecting the whole diocese. In addition, Denise is an adjunct professor for the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Image of John WilcoxJohn R. Wilcox

John R. Wilcox graduated from Marist College and served for twenty years as a Marist Brother. He holds an M.A. in religious education from Fordham University and a Ph.D. in Christian ethics from Union Theological Seminary (NYC). A religious studies professor for 30 years at Manhattan College, he also served for eight years as the first vice president for mission. John founded the International Lasallian Higher Education Leadership Institute at the Christian Brothers Generalate in Rome. In addition to co-authoring Revisiting Mission: The Future of Catholic Higher Education (2013) with Jennifer Lindholm and Suzanne Dale Wilcox, he is co-editor of Best Practices: Enhancing Religious Identity in Catholic Colleges and Universities (2000). One area of his research and writing is Catholic culture on all educational levels. John is married to Suzanne Dale Wilcox. They are parents of three adult children and have four grandchildren.

Know what's happening when.

The Catholic Education Summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 14. 

Draft Agenda

Please download the draft agenda (pdf) >>

  • 8 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast
  • 8:30 - 8:50 a.m. Prayer
  • 8:50 - 9:15 a.m. Introduction and kickoff
  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. First session speakers
  • 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Second session speakers
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:45 - 1:15 p.m. Q&A discussion
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Third session speakers
  • 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Panels
  • 3:45 - 4 p.m. Closing remarks and prayer

For further information, please contact Gina Lloyd at or 937-229-3921.

Coming from out of town?


Guests of the 2014 Catholic Education Summit who would like overnight accommodations in Dayton may choose to stay at the Dayton Marriott Hotel (1414 South Patterson Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio 45409). Other hotels are available, but the Dayton Marriott is about 0.5 miles from the University of Dayton River Campus, and we have secured a special room rate of $110 per night on July 13 and July 14, 2014. Last day to book a room at this special rate is June 23, 2014.

Please register through the Marriott website >>

Dining Options

If you would like to explore Dayton during your stay, please visit for dining and entertainment options. 

You can also download our restaurant guide for local eating options (pdf) >>

Things to Do

Want to explore Dayton and the Miami Valley? You'll find lots to do, inside and out.

Check out some of our museums, shopping districts, entertainment and music venues, parks, and more (pdf) >>

For further information, please contact Gina Lloyd at or 937-229-3921.

Get where you need to be!

The Catholic Education Summit will be held at UD's River Campus, located at 1700 S. Patterson Blvd., in Dayton, Ohio.


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From I-75

  1. Take Exit 51-Edwin C. Moses Blvd on I-75
  2. Head East on S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
  3. Turn at first right onto S. Stewart Street (bridge)
  4. Turn Right onto S Patterson Blvd
  5. At the 2nd light, turn left at Carillon Blvd, at the large University of Dayton sign
  6. Parking is available on either the north (left) or the south (right) side of the building.  The north entrance is closest to the 2014 Catholic Education Summit meeting space.
  7. If parking on the south side of the building, follow the sidewalk to the main glass entrance at the front of the building for further directions. 


Summit guests are permitted to park in either the north or south parking lot at River Campus on the day of the Summit and do not need to obtain a special parking permit. The north entrance is closest to the 2014 Catholic Education Summit meeting space. If parking on the south side of the building, follow the sidewalk to the main glass entrance at the front of the building for further directions.

For further information, please contact Gina Lloyd at or 937-229-3921.