Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Dear Collaborators,

Christmas greetings to you all!

I hope that this note finds you rested and renewed as we pivot towards the second half of the academic year. Looking back on the fall term, we had such a rich experience at our 9th annual DIA Summit hosted by The Catholic University of America. Planning has already commenced for the Summit next October 21 – 23 in Houston on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. Please mark your calendars!

I also had the opportunity to travel to Rome with a pilgrim-group of evangelizing and entrepreneurial school leaders in November. This was the first time in over 20 years that I had visited the Eternal City, and thanks to our strategic partners, Classic Learning Test, it was a most memorable and inspiring pilgrimage. From visiting the tomb of Blessed Carlo Acunis in Assisi to a private early morning Mass at the tomb of St. John Paul the Great in St. Peter’s, it was an epic trip. Our week-long visit concluded with a two-hour meeting with the heads of the Dicastery for Culture and Education at the Vatican, where they were most curious in learning about the new and growing models of Catholic education in the U.S. Needless to say, this group had much to share with them!

I am also seeing signs of great hope in the leadership search work I have been engaged with. I am currently working with Archbishop Cordileone as he seeks his next Superintendent of Catholic Schools in one of the most ideologically progressive landscapes in the country. It is one of several leadership searches I am currently leading wherein there is an ardent call for a Catholic crusader, a martyr for mission, to champion the truth, goodness, and beauty of a faith-focused Catholic education.

Duc in Altum!

P.S., If you missed our Fall Founders’ Forum on the ethical implications of the rapidly evolving artificial intelligence in our Catholic schools, please click here for the thought-provoking presentation recording and slidedeck.

P.P.S., A group of inspiring college counselors in our DIA-member schools has been planning an inaugural fellowship event this summer in the Boston area, June 27 – 29.  Responding to the dearth in faith-focused development in this mission-critical area of our Catholic high schools, this annual program will strengthen friendships, purpose, and professional practices for accompanying our students to college and career fulfillment.