We hope to see you in Nashville October 20-22, 2021!


“The Duc In Altum Schools Summit is an inspiring and energizing gathering of witnesses to Christ who serve Him in Catholic schools. The event provides a much-needed opportunity to share and encourage each other in this critically important work of the Church. I would recommend it to any Catholic educator who seeks an opportunity to grow in faith and in hope!”

Mary Pat Donoghue

Executive Director of USCCB’s Secretariat of Catholic Education

Quick Info


Wed, Oct 20 – Fri, Oct 22, 2021


We hope to see you in Nashville, on the beautiful St. Cecilia Academy campus,  for the 2021 Summit!

Pricing & Accommodations

$250 per person for quality programming, inspiring conversations, and the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded educators. But don’t delay, the best rates are time sensitive.   

Register now!

Overnight accommodations include group rates at the Hilton Nashville Green Hills, https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?&ctyhocn=BNAGRHH&groupCode=DUCALT&arrival=20211020&departure=20211022&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,en,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

or retreat style housing at Siena Hall at Aquinas College which shares a campus with St. Cecilia Academy https://www.aquinascollege.edu/duc-in-altum-conference.

Who are the Speakers?

The 2021 Schools Summit slate of presenters is still growing. So far, we’re excited to welcome: 

  • Most Reverend Thomas Daly, Diocese of Spokane, for the opening session.
  • Dr. Heather Thomas will speak on race in Catholic schools.
  • Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer, Mark Lippelmann
  • Dr. Ed Sri will present on Morality in a Relativistic World.
  • Andreas Widmer, author of “The Pope & The CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard”
What is the Summit?

DIA Schools Summit builds community among like-minded educators and shares best practices for building Catholic formation and identity in today’s increasingly secular society.

Join us for the 7th annual conference at St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, October, 2021. 

How Can I Register?

Rates are time sensitive, view here.

Register now!

How Can I Become a Sponsor?

We appreciate our strategic partners who collaborate with DIA throughout the year. The current list of   organizations is  found here.

Email summit@diaschools.org for details about partnering with DIA!

About the Summit

Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding endorses the 2021 DIA Schools Summit. See his remarks here.

Catholic School Administrators, Teachers, and Campus Ministers from schools throughout the country are invited to this professional development experience. The purpose of the summit is to create a national network of collaboration and idea-sharing to further the fruitful formation of students as authentic disciples of Jesus Christ. Plan to dive into relevant topics in large groups and small ones, with educators and administrators from all over the US, and beyond. Please join us!

Just $250 per person includes five plenary sessions, three workshops, two lunches, two dinners (one is off-site, “Taste of Nashville”), and sacramental opportunities. But rates are time sensitive –  view the timeline here.

Register now!


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.


October 20-22, 2021


St. Cecilia Academy, Nashville TN



Wednesday, October 20, 2021

4:00 pm  Opening Mass,  General Session – Most Reverend Thomas Daly is the presenter –  and dinner

Thursday, October 21, 2021

9:00 am  General Session, Dr. Heather Thomas on Race; panel discussion, followed by workshops,

12Noon Lunch & Learning Labs

1:00 pm General Session by Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer, Mark Lippelmann “The Greatest Threat to Catholic Schools”; followed by workshops

3:30 pm Depart for off-site retreat and dinner 

Friday, October 22, 2021 *FEAST of our patron, JPII

9:00 am General Session – Dr. Edward Sri:  “Morality in a Relativistic World” then workshops and lunch

1:00 pm Closing General Session by Andreas Widmer, author of “The Pope & The CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard”

2:00 pm Conference concludes




“It is so refreshing to meet people who desire to make their schools not only centers for learning, but furnaces of evangelization!”

“If you are interested in building and fostering Catholic culture at your school, you should come.”

The DIA virtual conference was indeed a very fruitful experience.”

“This conference provides both clarity of our mission as Catholic schools and educators, and the resources and practices to fulfill that mission.”

“The Summit turned out to be a bright light in a dark year; a place where truth was celebrated, where the work to be done was approached fearlessly and where Christ was proclaimed boldly.”

“This Conference offers legitimate ideas to make your ministry/classroom/school better and at the same time provides ways to make your own soul and mind as an educator, better.”


2021 Schools Summit 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205

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