Monthly Message from NCEA President – October 2015


At NCEA, we work to serve our members by proclaiming the good news story of outstanding individuals, organizations, foundations and dioceses that have demonstrated a heartfelt and lasting commitment to Catholic schools. Through our annual Seton Awards Dinner and Gala, we hold them up as examples of our Catholic faith in action who understand the Gospel imperative to share their blessings with others.

Just two weeks ago, Pope Francis made in the United States with the first canonization on American soil – proclaiming Junipero Serra as a saint. On October 5, NCEA honored living saints who have demonstrated in the most extraordinary ways their commitment to Catholic education at the 25th anniversary Seton Awards celebration. All of our Seton Awardees – past and present – believe in the importance of passing on the faith to the next generation. They understand – through their own life experience – that an excellent education in faith and academics is the pathway out of poverty and the key to success. Indeed, they live the mission of National Catholic Educational Association.

We invite you to learn more about these honorees by clicking their names: The Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Ed and Ellen Hanway, Alliance for Catholic Education and Robert Catell.

We also had the opportunity to acknowledge and honor five outstanding students who are serving as leaders in their own Catholic school communities. We congratulate Meredith Cripe, Paul VI Catholic High School, Fairfax, Virginia, Giuseppe A. Meli, Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, Takoma Park, Maryland, Casey Thompson, St. Anthony Catholic School, Washington, D.C., Chelsea C. Kelly, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, Brooklyn, New York and Nellie Beard, Drexel Neumann Academy, Chester, Pennsylvania.

Leadership in Catholic school education will continue to be celebrated this month as we host the 2015 NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit and Superintendents Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly known as the CACE meeting, the NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit is open to all NCEA members who are arch/diocesan directors who serve Catholic schools. The meeting consists of professional development sessions, inspirational keynotes and networking opportunities. For more information, click here.

We appreciate all the leadership contributions that strengthen our Catholic school education community. Please share your stories with us at