DIA SchoolsMISSION & VISION
In 2015, four Catholic school leaders and Fr. Paul Kostka, SCJ in Denver, Colorado, hosted the first official Formation Summit. The common thread among these leaders was to embolden the Catholic culture on their respective campuses. Each successive year the Summit grew in numbers and content. In 2017, the Duc In Altum Schools Collaborative was incorporated as a 501(c)3, with the intent of further growing the Summit’s network of like-minded school leaders. The founding board included representatives from five diverse Catholic schools across the US.
To provide deeper connections beyond the conference, opportunities to join DIA opened in the Fall of 2020. With more schools involved, DIA will expand the reach and enhance professional relationships found at the Summit. Through memberships, DIA provides a network of like-minded Catholic educational collaborators with whom they foster ideas, face challenges, and find support. The growth and strength of passionately Catholic schools will be a critical lever for the future of the American Catholic Church. DIA provides a framework for dioceses, schools, and leaders to work towards achieving this faith-first vision for Catholic education.
DIA Schools Collaborative seeks to share the collective wisdom and resources of its like-minded, faith-filled school members for the betterment of each institution, the growth and support of passionately Catholic education at-large, and the transformation of the culture of our society.
Borrowing an oft-quoted phrase by St. John Paul II from the Gospel of Luke – Duc in altum – our schools seek to “go out into the deep” and become beacons of light for the ministry of faithfully Catholic education in our nation.
We are schools committed to supporting the New Evangelization of the Catholic Church in the United States.
We are schools who have a deep and abiding love for the Catholic Church and all her teachings.
We are schools who maintain that the ongoing spiritual formation of students, parents, faculty, and staff alike is at the heart of the work we are called to do as Catholic schools.
We are schools committed to sharing our best practices, resources, and personnel for our mutual benefit.
We are schools open to sharing relevant data in order to establish performance benchmarks in all facets of school administration.
We are schools with leadership committed to meeting frequently to collaborate and advance the mission of the collaborative.
We are schools that believe parents are the primary educators and, as such, must be fully supported in their efforts to provide an integral formation to their children.
We are schools that strive to live the works of mercy and reflect the missionary nature of the Catholic Church.
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