The Role of the Priest in Today’s Catholic School

The Catholic Education Foundation invites bishops, priests and seminarians to participate in its fourth annual intensive and comprehensive three-day seminar.

For whom?

Clergy who are pastors, parochial vicars, or those directly involved in the elementary or secondary school apostolate (or who wish to be) – as well as seminarians.


From 4:00 p.m., July 17 to 4:00 p.m., July 19, 2018 (with accommodations available a day earlier or later)


Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey (a ten-minute ride from Newark International Airport)

The Team?

  1. Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D. (Executive Director, CEF)
  2. Dr. Mark Bauerlein (Senior Editor, First Things)
  3. Dr. Margaret Dames (Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of Newark)
  4. Dr. Denise D’Attore (Head of School, Regina Luminis Academy, Berwyn, PA)
  5. Rev. Michael Drea (National Chaplain for Mission & Identity, FOCUS)
  6. Dr. Mario Enzler (Program Director, Ecclesial Administration & Management, The Catholic University of America)
  7. Dr. Maureen Gillette (Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Seton Hall University)
  8. Richard & Vera Hough (Catholic school parents)
  9. Sr. Theresa Kelly, F.M.A. (Director of Faith Formation, Salesian Sisters; Professor, Assumption College)
  10. Dr. Constance McCue (Director, Catholic School Leadership Program, Seton Hall University)
  11. Rev. Dennis McManus, Ph.D. (Professor, St. John Seminary, Boston)
  12. Douglas Minson (Headmaster, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Boonton, NJ)
  13. Rev. Daniel O’Mullane, S.T.L. (Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Boonton, NJ)
  14. Rev. Christopher Phillips (Founding Pastor, The Atonement Academy, San Antonio, TX)
  15. Rev. John Serio, S.D.B. (President, Salesian High School, New Rochelle, NY)
  16. Alicia Simon (FADICA)

This is a most needed initiative, and I hope you obtain a healthy response from the dioceses. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, CEF board member, Archbishop of Boston

How much? $550 (all-inclusive) $50 discount for registrations before June 15

The Catholic Education Foundation – convinced by history and the present reality – believes that the viability of our Catholic schools is largely dependent on the support and involvement of our priests. Our seminar will include workshops dealing with the following topics:

  • Conciliar and Papal Teaching on Catholic Education
  • The History of Catholic Education in the United States
  • The Priest’s Presence in the School Community (Students, Faculty, Administration, Parents)
  • The Priest as the Public Relations Man of the School
  • Financial Concerns
  • Models of Governance and Best Practices

(Graduate credit available from Seton Hall University) For further information: call 732-903-5213 or email

Participation limited to 35.

Payments may be made through the online registration and payment link via credit card or PayPal by clicking on the above, clicking “Other Donation” and manually entering $550 as your amount.

Alternatively, checks in the amount of $550 should be made payable to: Catholic Education Foundation 601 Buhler Court Pine Beach, New Jersey 08741. Please include your name, address, phone and email address and indicate that you’re registering for the July seminar.

The role of the priest in shaping the identity and mission of our Catholic schools is indispensable. This summer’s CEF conference is sure to give excellent guidance to our priests in carrying out this role with renewed dedication and wisdom. — Most Rev. James Massa, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn