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November 19, 2014 - Thomas Aquinas College - Graduates Lead Faithful Catholic Schools in the Catholic Education Daily by Kimberly Scharfenberger - Institute Board members Michael Van Hecke and Luke Macik are featured in this article about CNS Honor Roll Headmasters – read more

August 22, 2014Classical Education Makes a Comeback: Schools Show New Interest in Traditional Curriculum National Catholic Register by Susan Klemond - Read more:

Sept. 25-26, 2014 – Mary Pat Donogue will lead a workshop for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel school in Newport News, Virginia.

EMMITSBURG, MD – More than 130 Catholic educators from diocesan, parish, independent and private schools across the country sought inspiration last week in rediscovering the Church's classical liberal arts tradition, and considered its potential for rejuvenating their schools. Read More

August 4-5, 2014 – “Introduction to Catholic Classical Education” Tyburn Academy of Mary Immaculate, Auburn NY – register for this event. ... Continue Reading

June 12, 2014 - The rediscovery of classical education - Christians lead back to teaching about the good, the true and the beautiful - …Andrew Seeley of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, says “We’re going to see a large growth in numbers.” - See more

June 1-2, 2014 – Institute leaders Dr. Andrew Seeley and Mary Pat Donoghue led an in-service program for the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan, hosted by Bishop Baraga School in Iron Mountain.

May 22, 2014 - TV Segment on Catholic School’s Classical Curriculum Wins News Award - Institute Board Member, Mary Pat Donoghue, is featured in this EWTN story about the classical education offered at St. Jerome Academy, host of this year's Catholic Classical Education Conference. - See more

May 7, 2014 - Catholic Classical Education Conference Draws Widespread Interest - Growing movement spreads across K-12 Independent and Diocesan Schools. read more

Join us for the next Catholic Classical Schools Conference
July 21-24 • Mt. St. Mary's Seminary • Emmitsburg, MD

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Recent events

Feb 7-8: The Institute will be offering an in-service workshop at Immaculate Heart School in Tucson.

Feb. 27-28: Dr. Seeley will be attending the Hillsdale College Classical School Job Fair

Feb 4, 2014
Rural school embraces classical education, Catholic identity (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic grade school on Colorado's eastern plains is working to adopt a classical curriculum, in the hopes of revitalizing the school community and providing a well-rounded formation for its students.

January 3, 2014
‘We set the tone for education’: Professor reflects on Catholic education - Coffe and Curriculum. Dr. Seeley and I discussed the history of Catholic education, the role of Catholic schools today, and the advantages of what he calls a “liberal” education or one that is “ordered toward making men free” (instead of a vocational or technical education). He also articulated the most fair and least pugnacious critique of Common Core that I’ve come across... read more

January 3, 2014
Dr. Seeley Theology on Tap Talk - Coffee and Curriculum Here is the recording from Dr. Seeley’s October Theology on Tap talk at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Gallup, New Mexico. He discussed the history of Catholic education, the important differences between Catholic and public schools, and the type of curriculum that Catholic schools should strive for. He also gave some important insights on the type of education necessary to make students really free–a “liberal” education versus a technical one. read more

Past events

December 31, 2013
Common Core at Odds with Classical Catholic Education, Says Educator - In the second of a series of reports on the Common Core State Standards published by The Cardinal Newman Society, education expert Dr. Andrew Seeley finds that the Standards are inconsistent with Catholic schools’ roots in classical education. - read more - open the PDF report

August 5, 2013
Classical Catholic schools embrace the past - One of the latest movements in Catholic education has nothing to do with standardized tests or the common-core standards. Instead, a growing number of Catholic schools are offering classically based, liberal arts education that has elementary-school students learning Latin and pondering Plato. Proponents say enrollments at the several dozen independent and diocesan schools nationwide... read more

Nov. 12, 2013
Pope Francis - Internet Mega Celebrity - In a Aleteia news story, Dr. Andrew Seeley says "“From my vantage point, it looks as though Pope Francis wants to shepherd his flock as Our Lord did, not simply as Chief Teacher, but more intimately, through sharing his heart and soul with us.…" read more

Nov 5-6, 2013
Michael Van Hecke will serve as a panelist for the national gathering, "Catholic Concerns about the Common Core: A Select National Gathering" in Elberon, New Jersey. ICLE serves as a co-sponsor of this event which will include many superintendents from among the largest archdioceses in the nation, professors, school heads and notable speakers.

July 11 - 15, 2013 -- The Institute sponsored the first Catholic Classical Schools Conference in Canandaigua, New York. Hosted by St. John Bosco School, the Conference brought together over 70 educators from 35 institutions around the country and from Canada. [Link to Press Release]

June 26, 2013 - Catholic Online
School Choice: Growth in Classical Schools Proves the Need for a Real Education Revolution - read more

June 21, 2013 - CNN - Schools of Thought blog
Classical schools put Plato over iPad - read more

May 15, 2013 - Catholic Education Daily
Classical Catholic Education in Focus at Upcoming Conference for Teachers, Administrators- A conference this summer will help Catholic educators form teachers, students, and curricula to better present a traditional liberal arts education... read more

May 15 and 16, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Tune in today from 4 to 5 pm EST, or listen later by via podcast, to hear Institute Communications Director, Elisabeth Sullivan, discuss the growing movement in Catholic classical liberal arts education. She will participate in the live call-in show, Calling All Catholics, on WHIC, the Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network, 1460 AM in portions of Upstate New York, 1060 in Greater Boston and New England, as well as FM stations in Buffalo and Syracuse.

Those outside the broadcast region can listen through the radio network's free mobile app, iCatholicRadio, on Android and Apple mobile devices (live and via podcast) and online at http://www.whicradio.com, or any of the stations' Web sites.

Fr. Peter Calabrese will host Elisabeth and Colleen Richards, headmaster of St. John Bosco Schools (www.johnboscoschools.org) in East Rochester, NY, a classical liberal arts school in the Catholic tradition.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Eastern

Dr. Andrew Seeley, will join Emily Sullivan of Montfort Academy, NY, to share his experience with classical and Great Books education on WVOX Radio, 1460 AM. Listen live on the web: http://www.wvox.com/.

April 16, 2013 - Classical Catholic Schools Conference Speakers Circe Institute to Present at Conference - read more

February 3, 2013 - CNA - Conference aims to impart riches of classical education -- read more

January 30, 2013 - Press Release - CLASSICAL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED First annual gathering to meet demands of growing movement - Read more

October 29, 2012 - Nationald Catholic Register - A Blast From the Past: Enrollment Surges After a Colorado Catholic School Adopts a Classical Curriculum - Read more

September 7, 2012 - First Things - A Case for Classical Education -by Andrew Seeley and Elisabeth Ryan Sullivan

“We have seen what it looks like for a child to be truly educated, and it is a very different thing than just the acquisition of skills,” said Donoghue. “This is about opening the treasure trove of the Catholic Church, and re-imagining ourselves in its heritage and thought.”- read more

July 9, 2012 – Crisis Magazine"Entrusting The Future of the West to Our Children" by Dr. Andrew Seeley

Over the millennia, although often wandering, often stumbling, men have made much progress, especially when aided by the divine light of revelation through the Incarnation of the Word of God. And so, if we want to be wise, we must begin with the past, for in the past, we find enormous wisdom, beauty, and goodness. Read more

September 6, 2011 - The Institute has just completed a curriculum review for Wyoming Catholic College.

July 11 - 15, 2013
The Institute sponsored the first Catholic Classical Schools Conference in Canandaigua, New York.

Sept. 12, 2013
Dr. Seeley spoke on "The Heroism of Christian Virtue" to the Catholic Professional and Business Group of Reno, Nevada.

August 22 - 23, 2013
Mary Pat Donoghue and a team from St. Jerome School led an in-service workshop at St. Thomas More Academy, Middletown, Maryland.

August 13 - 14, 2013
Dr. Seeley and Rosemary Anderson of Our Lady of Lourdes led a workshop, "The Classical Teacher, Formation and Practice", at St. Anthony's School, Sterling, Colorado.

April 21, 2013
Director Andrew Seeley joins the Board of Experts of the worldwide Catholic news service, Aleteia

April 18-19, 2013 - Phoenix
Andrew Seeley and Michael Van Hecke attended Goodness - Not without Truth & Beauty: A Comprehensive Approach to Forming the Minds and Hearts of Young People. The conference was hosted by Great Hearts Academies and the Kern Family Foundation.

October 26, 2012 - Denver
Andrew Seeley and Arthur Hippler presented “Living the Catholic Intellectual Tradition” at Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School

June 1, 2012 – Cleveland
Dr. Seeley will give the commencement address at the Lyceum Academy read more
July 18-21, 2012– Louisville, KY
Dr. Seeley will participate in the annual Circe Institute Conference, “A Contemplation of Creation"  read more
August 10-11, 2012– Cleveland
Dr. Seeley and Mr. Luke Macik, headmaster of the Lyceum Academy, will lead a Catholic Professionals Seminars program on Faith, Reason and Pope Benedict’s Regensburg address.

July – August 2012
Dr. Seeley will lead a five-week online Great Books discussion course for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students on Greek learning and Christian Wisdom read more.

February 2012 
Michael Van Hecke was a guest on the Hugh Hewitt Show, a nationally syndicated talk show, discussing the entrepreneurial venture of ICLE and her Textbook Project.

March 8-9, 2012 – Nashville
Mr. Van Hecke attended “Education from the Heart of the Church” click for info at Aquinas College.

March 23-25, 2012 -- Elisabeth Sullivan represented the Institute at NAPCIS "Independent Schools in Service to the Church" Conference.

September 6, 2011 - The Institute has just completed a curriculum review for Wyoming Catholic College.

Catholic Education News

Teachers as Witnesses - by Aaron Urbanczyk

Pope Benedict: On Europe's Cathedrals - "Beauty Is a Privieged...Way to Approach the Mystery of God."

Faith's Greatest Threat - by William E. Carroll

Benedict speaks on the deficiencies of  “technical and scientific training” – From this perspective, you should pay particular attention to the younger generations, showing them that they are a country's greatest wealth. Their integral education is a fundamental necessity. In fact, a technical and scientific training is not enough to fashion men and women who are responsible in their families and on every level of society Full article:  http://zenit.org/article-21278?l=english


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