DIA Schools


Beginning in fall 2021, DIA will receive applications for the second cohort of DIA Fellows. Passionate, Catholic educators seeking to strengthen the Catholic culture and faith formation programming of their local school or diocese will be considered. In the Fellowship, DIA provides the structure and space for you to take your school or diocese to the next level, grow as a Catholic educator, and become a beacon of light for passionately Catholic education and the Catholic Church at-large.


The DIA Fellowship consists of a cohort of up to seven Catholic educators from across the country. Some have been school or diocesan leaders, campus ministers, chaplains, and teachers. All are deeply committed to bearing witness to their faith in their work for Catholic education and to strengthening the Catholic culture in their organization. Fellows can do this in a variety of ways regardless of the role. As the faith-mission ought to permeate each and every aspect of Catholic education–from admission to advancement, from academic and co-curricula to parent enrichment–myriad opportunities abound for the scope and importance of the DIA Fellowship work.  


  1. Grow spiritually and professionally as a Catholic educator.
  2. Engage directly with colleagues across the country who share a passion in strengthening the Catholic culture of their organizations.
  3. Expand and cultivate your professional and personal network of Catholic educational leaders.
  4. Learn and apply strategies for integrating and strengthening faith in different domains of your organization.
  5. Demonstrate servant-leadership through sharing your time, talent, and treasure in service to Duc In Altum Schools Collaborative and its mission of revitalizing our Catholic schools in service to our Church.
  6. Be inspired with the support of a mentor who assists you on your Fellowship project.
  7. Receive a professional headshot at the Summit.


A variety of factors are considered when grouping Fellows together, including domain of work, experience in Catholic education, level of spiritual engagement, type of school, and more. Each DIA Fellow works monthly with his/her cohort and with a mentor from a DIA-member school. Careful attention is paid to geography of schools and dioceses which participate given the privileged nature of conversations during the Fellowship.


Fellow applications for the 2021 cohort are closed. 2022 applications will open in October 2021. The Fellowship begins after each DIA Schools Summit and concludes at the following Summit (held in October each year) at which the Fellows present their work during an annual luncheon for all attendees. Fellows meet virtually once-a-month with their mentor and monthly with their cohort and the Fellowship facilitator.

The annual tuition for the DIA Fellowship is $1500. Each Fellow also participates in an evangelizing-fundraising mission to raise $1000 for DIA. (DIA provides an effective framework to assist with this.) Limited scholarships are available should a Fellow, school, or diocese not be able to cover the full tuition.



Participation in monthly meetings with mentor

Participation in monthly cohort meetings

Fundraising a minimum of $1000 on behalf of Duc In Altum Schools Collaborative

Presentation of Fellowship project at the annual Summit


Kyle M. Pietrantonio co-founded Duc In Altum Schools Collaborative to provide a platform for Catholic educational leaders to network and strengthen the faith formation programming of K-12 schools and thereby provide hope and promise for the future of the Catholic Church. Prior to serving as DIA’s Executive Director, Kyle served as Head of School for Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta, Georgia, a pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade independent Catholic school. Before becoming Head of School, he served the school in a variety of capacities including Associate Head for Advancement, Lower School Principal, Middle School Principal, and a Latin and history teacher. Kyle is a founding Board member of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Ignatius House, a Jesuit retreat center in the Atlanta area. Kyle has completed several civic and eccleasial leadership programs including Leadership Atlanta and Catholic Charities Leadership.

Kyle received his A.B. magna cum laude from Georgetown University in classics, medieval studies, and theology. He is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, where he received his M.Ed. while teaching in Mobile, Alabama and then completed doctoral studies in Catholic educational leadership and policy at The Catholic University of America. In 2012, the University of Notre Dame recognized Kyle with The Michael Pressley Award for Excellence in Education for his contributions to K-12 Catholic education.

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