2017 Catholic Education Summit

The UD Center for Catholic Education hosted its sixth annual Catholic Education Summit on June 22, 2017, at UD’s River Campus. The theme was “Care of Hearts and Souls: Christian Meditation and Mental Health in Catholic Schools.”

The day's events opened with a welcome from Susan Ferguson (director, UD Center for Catholic Education), followed by a song from Nick Cardilino (UD Campus Ministry) and opening remarks from Dr. Kevin Kelly (Dean, UD School of Education and Health Sciences).

Presenters & topics at the 2017 Summit (in order of appearance):

  • Peg Dubrowski (author of Following Jesus on the PATH: A Catholic Teen's Guide to Life-Altering Faith): Purpose-Driven Schools: Cultivating Character in Your Classroom
  • Panel -- Robin Johnson (principal, Mother Maria Anna Brunner Catholic School), Jake LaForge (principal, Holy Angels School), and Jessica Reed (teacher, Incarnation Catholic School): Panel Discussion on Christian Meditation
  • Rhonda Mercs and ECHO staff (a program of the Center for Catholic Education): Mental Health in the Classroom: What it is, and How to Assist Students
  • Rhonda Mercs and ECHO staff (a program of the Center for Catholic Education): Bullying Prevention: A Child's Life at Peace
  • Dr. John White (professor, UD Department of Teacher Education): Many Mansions: Spiritual Culture in Catholic Schools

To read an article about the Summit from UDQuickly, click here >>

Saint Remy Initiative posters

Schools that participate in the Saint Remy Initiative displayed posters at the 2017 Catholic Education Summit about projects that have taken place at their schools.

The Saint Remy Initiative is a collaborative effort between the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education and the Catholic School Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The purpose of this initiative is to provide Catholic school principals and teachers with an opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the spiritual, academic, and managerial dimensions of their ministry. Participant teams (the principal and two teacher leaders from each school) will develop a school-wide project for enhancing the Catholic identity within their individual schools.

For more information, download the Saint Remy Initiative program brochure or contact Program Director Dr. Toni Moore.