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Program Overview

Adelante builds on the success of the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI), which for nine years has been an exceptionally effective engine of Latino enrollment growth in Catholic schools around the country. While the LEI’s explicit focus on school-level change necessitates the commitment of school teams, including year-long leadership formation for principals, Adelante offers an alternative, which is open to a variety of constituents.

Luis Fraga speaking at Adelante conferenceWe recognize that there are many actors working to advance educational opportunities for Latinos in the United States. Therefore, Adelante features a broad range of topics and speakers that address the variety of ways in which Catholic schools and parishes can work creatively together to embrace, educate, and empower Latino families through the vital ministry of Catholic education.

This two-and-a-half day conference helps build awareness around topics pertaining to Latinos in Catholic schools while expanding the network of advocates for this mission. Adelante embodies the overarching mission of the Catholic School Advantage — to promote the unique value of Catholic schools to Latino families, and to help schools and parishes respond effectively to the unique needs of Latino families. In doing so, the conference topics address the three core goals of the CSA: to embrace the universality of the Church through an increase in Latino enrollment, to educate culturally and linguistically diverse children through excellent academic formation, and to empower all families through the celebration of faith, language, and culture.

While Adelante remains rooted in these three core goals, each year spotlights a unique topic related to this work. In year one, we took a deep dive into the demographic imperative impacting Catholic schools, and in year two, we explored the challenges that immigration poses for children, families, and schools.

The theme for the summer 2022 conference is Growing Latino Enrollment: Marketing, Recruitment, and Admissions Done Well.

We encourage the participation of Catholic school principals, educators, marketing coordinators, recruiters, school board members, counselors, madrinas/parent ambassadors, directors of religious education, business managers, Hispanic ministers, and anyone else who is engaged in this mission to advance educational opportunities for Latino children.

We are excited to be collaborating with the Institute for Latino Studies, whose work in advancing the understanding of the fastest-growing and youngest population in the U.S. will enhance this conversation greatly. ILS stands at the center of research that asks the fundamental question: Aside from simply bringing the large number of Latino Catholics in, how can we foster the many gifts that they bring being put at the service of the Church and the service of our country?

We firmly believe that Catholic schools are one of the most powerful institutions for human formation and societal transformation, whose impact is especially pronounced amongst the growing number of Latino youth. Join us this coming summer to learn more about how we can all work together to put Latino children and our nation on the path to a bright future.





"I learned so much about understanding the changing demographics in our nation. We are seeing this in our own school but have not done well to react or build a culture to enhance our enrollment. We have much work to do, but we have a path and direction coming out of this gathering. I learned a ton and I really enjoyed the time we had together!"
-Jim Huth
Bishop Luers High School | Fort Wayne, IN
"Phenomenal program - I am so glad that I attended! It was very moving and inspiring (and eye-opening!) Gracias por todo su trabajo y preparaciones!"


-Bill Hobbs
Network of Sacred Heart Schools | Washington, DC


"I was energized and moved by the conference and looking forward to taking the information and inspiration into my own work and the efforts in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. I hope to have opportunities to share these experiences, through myself and directly, with many others. Thank you!"


-John Amann
The Pursuit Academy | Saint Paul, MN


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