Schools Summit


Catholic School Administrators, Teachers, and Campus Ministers can benefit from 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. Download these excellent presentations and follow-up discussions and share with your faculty and staff before the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The PD Success Pack is now available!


The Heart of the New Evangelization:

Teaching the Art of Living 

See the Conference program for complete descriptions
Plenary sessions 2020


  1. Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. – The Human Person – Key Principles from St. Thomas Aquinas
  2. Katie Prejean McGrady –Empowering Teens to Live the Faith Beyond High School
  3. Fr. Roger Landry –Evangelization: Communicating the Art of Living
  4. Professor Helen Alvaré –Witness Matters in Faith and at Law
  5. Fr. Sean Kilcawley – Evangelization as Teaching the Art of Living, the Art of Being Human
  6. Dr. Leonard Delorenzo  – Listen: It’s Not As Easy As It Sounds
  7. Plus all workshops (listed below) for Presidents/Principals, Campus Ministers, Teachers. 
Workshop 1 -“The Catholic School as Parish: A Post-Pandemic Solution?

Presenters: Kate Sell, Mission Advancement Partners, and Kyle Pietrantonio, DIA Schools

Workshop 2 -“Rioters and Revolutionaries: Civil Discourse in a Time of Crisis”

Presenter: Aaron Kheriaty, MD, UC Irvine

Workshop 3 – “Creating a Faculty Culture

Presenter: Alvaro  de Vicente, The Heights School

Workshop 4 – “Coming to Know Christ the Teacher: Keeping Catholic School Teachers Anchored in Their Faith

Presenter: Kati Macaluso and Taylor Kelly, ACE Advocates 

Workshop 5 – “How development can take your organization to the next level”

Presenter:  Josh Whalen and Tara Troy Doyon, Petrus Development

Workshop 6 – “CLT in a Catholic High School: Using Assessments to Strengthen Your Curriculum”

Presenter:  Ashley Brashear, MTS and Brittany L. Higdon, M.Ed. , CLT 

Workshop 1 -“Restoring Humanity: The New Evangelization’s Role in Cultural Renewal

PresentersDr. R. Jared Staudt, Augustine Institute

Workshop 2 -“The true teacher: the master, the parent and the teacher”

Presenter: Sebastian D’Amico and Jennie Punswick, Holy Family School of Faith

Workshop 3 – “Entering into the Mission of Jesus

Presenter: Quinlan Couri and Christine French, Skutt Catholic High School

Workshop 4 – “Inviting Today’s Teens to Become Fully Alive

Presenter: Lindsay Fay, The Culture Project

Workshop 5 – “Catholic Meditation and Contemplative Prayer as the Foundation of All Catechesis”

Presenter: Alessandr DiSantis, Hallow



Workshop 1 – “Can a 9th grader think like St. Thomas? How philosophy transforms the learner

Presenters: Sr. Teresa Auer, O.P., Saint John Paul the Great High School

Workshop 2 -“A Gift of Presence: Evangelizing Through Theology of the Body’”

Presenter: Emily Macke, Ruah Woods

Workshop 3 -““St. Thomas Aquinas and The Art of Living: Forming Students to Think and Act with the Mind and Heart of the Church.”

Presenter: Dr. Michael P. Krom, St. Vincent College

Workshop 4 -“beauty and tradition in teaching the faith’”

Presenter: Tom Cole and Michael Verlander, Holy Spirit Preparatory


Presenter: Michelle Gough, ArchitectedIntel

Workshop 6 – “Enlightening the mind and ennobling the heart: teaching with sacred art”

Presenter: Jose Gonzalez, Sophia Institute for Teachers



Archbishop Bernard Hebda

Archbishop Bernard Hebda

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Mary Pat Donoghue

Mary Pat Donoghue

USCCB Executive Director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education

Daniel J. Mahoney

Daniel J. Mahoney

Author of “The Idol of Our Ages

Mary Rice Hasson

Mary Rice Hasson

Director of Catholic Women’s Forum

Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins

Catholic evangelist, author, and biblical scholar

“The Importance of Mission” – President Steve Minnis, Benedictine College

“Mission-Driven Schools” – Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

“Empowering Young Catholics for Life’s Big Decisions” – Deborah and Dana Nearmyer, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

“The Threat to Religious Liberty in America and How it’s Impacting Christian Schools” – Ray Kaselonis, Alliance Defending Freedom

“Integrating Christian Anthropology into the Whole Curriculum” – Chris Baglow

“Ministering to People in Their Brokenness ” – Sr. Veronica Mary, SV

“Duc in Altum: The Evangelistic Mission of Catholic Schools” – Bishop Vann

Last year the Duc in Altum (DIA) Schools Collaborative hosted the 5th Annual DIA Schools Summit at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minnesota. This is one of the most exciting new ventures to take place in the arena of Catholic school management and the formation of educators.

The DIA Schools Collaborative is dedicated to promoting sound Catholic identity and commitment to a robust catechetical approach that meets young people where they are, and then sends them out with the tools necessary to tackle a challenging contemporary culture. For the past four years, the Formation Summit has convened administrators, theology instructors and campus ministers to exchange exciting ideas and best practices for fostering a dynamic environment of evangelization that fosters authentic friendship with Jesus and a love for His Church in Catholic education institutions.

I wholeheartedly endorse this fresh endeavor within the Church for the cultivation of academic and spiritual excellence, combined with Magisterial fidelity. I hope to see this initiative expand and grow so that many more young people in our Catholic schools can reap the benefits of this effort to renew our Catholic Schools.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Andrew H Cozzens, STD, DD
Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis


2021 Schools Summit 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205

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