Sunday, October 15, 2023

5:30-7:00 pm DIA Career Fair at Maloney Hall Pavilion, CUA Campus, for DIA Member Schools,   Dioceses and Partners

Monday, October 16, 2023

3:00 pm      Opening Mass  – Crypt Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s Crypt Church, celebrated by Bishop Thomas Daly

4:00 pm      Tour, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

4:45 pm      Conference Check in, Pryzbyla Center, Catholic University of America

5:00 pm      Opening Reception and Exhibit Hours

6:15 pm       Dinner

7:00 pm      Welcome & Keynote – Bishop Thomas Daly, Diocese of Spokane, and Chair, USCCB’s Committee on Catholic Education

7:30 pm Keynote by Tim Busch, Businessman, Lawyer, and Catholic Philanthropist: “Building Demand Through Mission”

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

7:30 am       Breakfast and Exhibit Hours

8:45 am      Keynote, Helen Alvaré: “Religious Freedom After the Sexual Revolution; What’s a Catholic 

School to Do?”

10:15 am      Mass – Crypt Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

11:30 am      Lunch with PLC discussions and Exhibit Hours

1:00 pm       Concurrent workshops

Leadership: Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel, Patrick Piccolo: “Religious Freedom: Navigating Gender Dysphoria with Clarity and Compassion”


Kate Sell, Mission Advancement Partners: “Understanding How to Build an Effective 

Catholic School Board: Finding the Trusted Leaders”

Campus Ministers: Fr. Brendan Baran, O.P.: “Fortitude and the Culture of Fear”


Dr. William Dinges, CUA Professor of Religious Studies: “‘Fallen away’ to ‘None’: Catholic 

Disaffiliation Past and Present”

Teachers: Chris Valdez and Megan Bridgwater from Marin Catholic High School: “Why Redesign Your English Program and How to Facilitate and Support the Change” (Session 1 of 2)


Mary Pat Donoghue, Secretariat for the USCCB’s Committee on Catholic Education: 

“The Sower, the Seed, and the Soil: A Reflection on Eucharistic Teaching”

2:00 pm      Mini sessions

Mobilize, Serve, Transform: Box of Joy-A Faith in Action Ministry for Catholic Schools

DIA Membership: Consider the Possibilities for Your School or Diocese

Learn About DIA Schools Collaborative’s Fellowship

2:45 pm      Concurrent workshops

Leadership: Dr. Andrew Abela, Dean of CUA’s Busch School of Business: “Anatomy of 

Greatness: The 50 Virtues that Power All Human Achievement”


Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, CUA Dean of Music, Drama and Art: “Leading Our Catholic 

Schools: Catholic Education in the 21st Century”

Campus Ministers: Ian Masson, Director, IPS Center for Psychological Services at Divine 

Mercy: “Navigating Mental Health Concerns with Compassion and Confidence”

Teachers: Chris Valdez and Megan Bridgwater, Marin Catholic High School: “Principles and Practices of the Redesign” (Session 2 of 2)


Dr. Pamela Patnode of St. Paul Seminary’s Certificate in Catholic School Leadership: “Catholic Education as Vocation”

3:45 pm Keynote, Father Robert Spitzer: ​​“How to Help Our Young People Maintain Their Faith in 

an Increasingly Secular Age”

4:45 pm      Depart for off-site event

5:15 pm-8:30 pm Reconvene at Museum of the Bible for exclusive access including a general session, 

dinner and small group tours at the “Night at the Museum” experience; Register here.

6:30 pm Founders Forum & Dinner at The Museum of the Bible with Guest Speaker, Father Robert 

Spitzer; DIA Member Heads of School/Superintendents only

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

8:00 am      Mass CUA Campus

8:30–10:00 am Exhibit Hours

8:45 am      Breakfast with PLCs

10:00 am     Keynote, CUA President Dr. Peter Kilpatrick: “The Renewal of Catholic Education”

11:00 am      Concurrent workshops 

Leadership: Alvaro de Vicente, Headmaster at The Heights: “Hiring Partners”;


Shane Rapp, Principal at St. James Academy, “Partnering Practically with Parents”

Campus Ministers: Panel Discussion including experienced Campus Ministry team leaders, “Building and Maintaining a Catholic Culture of Service”


Alessandro DiSanto, Hallow Co-Founder, “Catechesis That Sticks – Building a Culture of Prayer as the Foundation of Discipleship that Lasts a Lifetime”

Teachers: Brett Salkeld, author and Theologian: “There is No Neutral: Making Every Class 



Dr. Andrew Shivone and Dr. Michael Higgins, St. Jerome Institute Catholic High School: “Encountering Scripture Through Seminar”.

12:00 pm     Lunch with Exhibit Hours

1:00 pm       Closing Keynote, Dr. Richard Ludwick: “Disruptively Catholic”

2:00 pm      Dismissal and blessing, DIA Board meeting

*Some details subject to change