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About the School Pastors' Institute

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 formed and served over 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 SPI is animated by our mission to embraceeducate, and empower children, families, educators, leaders, pastors, and others committed Catholic education. The conference will be rooted in three key areas: pastor as spiritual leader, the pastor and principal relationship, and the 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. One special area will focus on what we have learned from the pandemic and the future of Catholic schools. The conference will entail breakouts for first-time pastors, international priests who are new to the U.S. Catholic school system, pastors with alternative governance models, pastors of regional or combined schools, pastors of rural parishes, associate pastors, and priests who serve as high school chaplains.

Summer Conference 2022

The 2022 SPI will take place on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, July 11-13. Registration will open on January 17, 2022. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please click the link below and we'll be happy to get in touch with you. 

We also welcome pastor nominations. If you know a pastor who might be interested in attending the SPI, take a moment to fill out the nomination form below.

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