2020 Schools Summit

DIA Schools Summit

Catholic School Administrators, Teachers, and Campus Ministers from High Schools throughout the country are welcome to attend 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.

The Heart of the New Evangelization: Teaching the Art of Living

October 28, 2020 Virtual presentations: 

Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. – The Human Person – Dignity Beyond Compare: Key Principles from St. Thomas Aquinas

Katie Prejean McGrady –  Empowering High Schoolers to Carry Their Formation and Catholic Faith Into College and Adulthood

Fr. Roger Landry – Apprenticeship in the Art of Living

3:00 pm Central Time- Welcome & Opening Prayer and Live Webinar: DIA Leadership Panel – Establishing/Shifting Catholic School Culture 

4:00-7:00 pm Central Time – Live Booths with Katie Prejean McGrady and Fr. Roger Landry and Sponsor/Exhibitor Office Hour

October 29, 2020  Virtual Presentations:

Professor Helen Alvaré – Religious Liberties & Catholic Schools

Fr. Sean Kilcawley – Evangelization as Teaching the Art of Living, the Art of Being Human

Dr. Leonard Delorenzo  – Listen: It’s Not As Easy As It Sounds

All Workshops (listed below) for Presidents/Principals, Campus Ministers, Teachers

3:00 pm -8:00 pm Central Time – Workshop webinars; Live Booths with Fr. Kilcawley, Helen Alvaré and Leonard Delorenzo; Sponsor/Exhibitor Office Hour; and Virtual Reception

October 30, 2020

10:00 am to 12Noon Central Time – Live Retreat/Reflections, Workshop webinars, Live booths – best practices/wrap up.


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

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 Kheriarty, UC Irvine

Workshop 3 – “Hiring Mission-Fit Faculty

Presenter: Alvaro  de Vicente, The Heights School

Workshop 4 – “Keeping Faculty Engaged In & Committed to Catholic faith

Presenter: Kati Macaluso, ACE Advocates

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

PresentersDr. R. Jared Staudt, Augustine Institute

Workshop 2 -“engaging parents in formation

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 – “Addressing the many influences on our students’ lives: Media, mixed messages at home and school, etc.”

Presenter: Lindsay Fay, The Culture Project



7Workshop 1 – “philosophy is a transformative experience for high schoolers”

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


“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


2020 Schools Summit is Virtual!

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