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January 30, 2013

Elisabeth Sullivan
Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
Cell phone: 585/727-1566

First annual gathering to meet demands of growing movement

VENTURA, CA, January 30, 2013 - The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
(ICLE) announces the first national conference for the rapidly growing Catholic classical schools movement. Scheduled for July 11-14, 2013, in Upstate New York's Finger Lakes Region, the conference will bring together educators who are at the leading edge of the rediscovery of classical liberal arts education in Catholic elementary and secondary schools.

"The success of this model has captured the attention of bishops, superintendents,
administrators, teachers, and parents," said Dr. Andrew Seeley, Executive Director of the Institute. "As the movement spreads, classical Catholic educators are seeking ways to collaborate, to share their enthusiasm and experience with other pioneers who see in this approach a potential Renaissance for Catholic education."

Classical Catholic liberal arts education draws upon thousands of years of history to help students understand the modern world, and to give them the tools of lifelong learning. By uniting faith and reason across the curriculum, this approach aims to form students in wisdom and virtue. An estimated 40 to 60 Catholic schools have adopted this model, with many reporting subsequent growth, inspired students, and improved academic performance.

Sponsored by ICLE, the three-day conference will be hosted by St. John Bosco Schools of East Rochester, NY, which has tripled in size since it was founded five years ago as an independent classical school in the Catholic tradition. The event will be held at the Notre Dame Retreat House overlooking beautiful Canandaigua Lake, and will feature speakers, workshops, and discussions to share best practices for classical Catholic schools. Sessions will focus on forming curricula, faculty, and students. Both experienced and aspiring classical educators are invited.

Presenters will include Mary Pat Donoghue, principal of St. Jerome Academy in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., which has gained national attention for its groundbreaking classical Pre-K-8 curriculum, and Dr. Kevin Roberts, headmaster and president, John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette, LA, a classical Pre-K-12 school that recently was named one of the top 50 Catholic schools in the country.

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education exists to give Catholic educators a clear understanding of the riches of authentic Catholic education, and to help them implement the Church's vision in their institutions. For conference registration and information, see the website:

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
P.O Box 4638
Ventura, CA  93007
Phone: (805) 672-0411

501(c)3 Non Profit Tax ID # 54-1607202


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