Often what is perhaps fundamentally lacking among Catholics who work in a school is a clear realization of the identity of a Catholic school and the courage to follow all the consequences of its uniqueness. (Sacred Congregation for Education, The Catholic School, n.67)
- The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education exists to give Catholic educators a clear understanding of the riches of authentic Catholic education, yesterday and today, and to help them implement the Church’s vision in their institutions.
- The Institute proposes to fulfill its mission by reflecting on the nature and lived experience of Catholic education, and share that reflection with the broader Catholic educational community.
- The Institute will take a leading role in renewing Catholic schools through conferences, teacher development programs, in-service workshops, and consultation.
- The Institute is committed in a particular way to recovering and adapting the classical liberal arts tradition as the best foundation for a full flowering of Catholic education at all levels.
- The Institute will facilitate conversation and cooperation among schools, colleges and other institutions devoted to Catholic education.