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 June 10-13 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: