Catholic Liberal Arts Education Conference Draws Record-Breaking Crowd

More than 450 Catholic educators and supporters from across the country will gather next month in Atchison, KS, to celebrate and strengthen the growing movement to restore the Church’s proven tradition of education in PreK-12 Catholic schools.

Behold the Beauty of the Lord

Superintendents, school leaders, teachers, bishops, and other clergy will gather at Benedictine College July 9-12 for The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s 12th annual National Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Behold the Catholic Liberal Arts Education Conference Draws Record-Breaking CrowdBeauty of the Lord,” a reference to Psalms 27:4 and acknowledgment of the radiant beauty of the transcendent mystery of the Blessed Sacrament.

Huge Growth and Engagement

This year’s conference sold out months earlier than previous year’s gatherings and will also have the highest number of attendees, indicative of the growing interest in Catholic liberal arts education. While in-person attendance is sold out, individuals and schools can still register to attend the event via livestream.

“It is uplifting to see a growing number of schools and educators dedicated to renewal in the Church’s vision of education,” said Michael Van Hecke, President of ICLE. “We look forward to gathering with this community of passionate Catholic educators for a week entrusted to Our Blessed Mother, a week of joyful learning and contemplation of the aspects of beauty that nourish us in our mission. Together we will be fed by the Sacraments, prayer, fellowship, and the richness of the Catholic educational tradition.”

Since 1999, the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education has worked with a burgeoning number of Catholic educators and schools, inspiring and equipping them to fully integrate the Church’s philosophy of education. What began as a grassroots movement has now spread widely, with over 230 schools in ICLE’s membership network. This approach has proven results — a number of schools on the brink of closure have reversed course and developed waiting lists.


Catholic Liberal Arts Education Conference Draws Record-Breaking Crowd


The Most Reverend Earl K. Fernandes, Bishop of Columbus, will deliver this year’s keynote address. Other plenary speakers include Dr. John Sehorn, Academic Dean at the Augustine Institute; Jake Tawney, Chief Academic Ocer at Great Hearts Academy; and Dr. Andrew Seeley, Co-Founder/Senior Faculty Consultant for ICLE, Director of Advanced Formation for Educators at the Augustine Institute, and Co-Founder/President of the Boethius Institute. More than 70 additional breakout sessions and seminars are designed to nurture faith and learning in Catholic teachers.

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education is dedicated to saving and renewing the treasured Catholic school system, PreK-12, by restoring and adapting the Church’s time-tested approach in the classical liberal arts and sciences. ICLE serves educators through conferences, workshops, site visits, teacher training, publications, webinars, and consultation services designed to give current and future teachers both theory and practice for immediate use.

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