In July of 2011, the Alliance for Catholic Education launched the School Pastors' Institute (SPI), a leadership formation symposium for pastors of a Catholic school. Developed at the request of (arch)bishops from across the country, the SPI is designed to respond to the unique and increasingly complex challenges and opportunities related to serving as a pastor of a parish school. Since 2011, the SPI has brought together nearly 1,000 pastors from 145 different (arch)dioceses to look more closely at the crucial role that the pastor plays in the parish school, as well as to foster best practices and collaboration among those engaged in this vital ministry. Now, more than ever, we need pastors understand, support, and advocate for Catholic schools.
Conference Goals and Content
The School Pastors' Institute is animated by our mission to embrace, educate, and empower children, families, educators, leaders, pastors, and others committed to the apostolate of K-12 Catholic education. The conference will be rooted in three key areas: pastor as spiritual leader, the pastor and principal relationship, and the unique and critical role of the pastor in the Catholic school. Topics will include Catholic identity, financial management and advancement, the formation of personnel, the recruitment of Latino children to Catholic schools, and public funding for Catholic schools. The SPI will also include breakout sessions for first-time school pastors, international priests who are new to the U.S. Catholic schools system, pastors with alternative governance models, pastors of regional or combined schools, pastors of rural parishes, associate pastors, and high school chaplains.
The School Pastors' Institute will take place on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, June 24-26, 2019. Based on feedback from previous years, the 2019 SPI will take on a slightly different form, with the main program being condensed to a three-day, two-night conference, with the option of staying an additional evening/day. This optional Day of Recollection will include several additional talks, time for personal reflection, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and the opportunity for sacramental confession.
Please note the start/end times of the 2019 conference below in order to plan your travel accordingly.
- School Pastors' Institute - Main Program: June 24-26, 2019
The main program will begin on Monday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m. and conclude on Wednesday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m.
- Optional Day of Recollection: June 26-27, 2019
The Day of Recollection will begin on Wednesday, June 26, at 3:00 p.m. and conclude on Thursday, June 27, at noon.
Registration for the 2019 SPI is open now. The registration fee is $325 for the three-day, two-night main program, which includes room and board and all materials. For those who choose to attend the SPI with the additional Day of Recollection, the registration fee is $400. Please note that participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the University of Notre Dame. Please note that space is limited, so register early to reserve your spot.