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Summer Institute

2018 Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership (SICEL)


JUNE 4-6, 2018

Introduction • Goals • Speakers • Catholic Identity • Location • Program • Closing Luncheon • Cost & Registration  • Directions and Maps • More Information


This year's Institute--co-sponsored by the Loyola Institute for Ministry, the Office of Catholic Schools, and the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of New Orleans--focuses on spiritual leadership.  To be a leader in Catholic education/formation is to be a spiritual leader.  Yet, God doesn't call the qualified but, instead, qualifies the called.  And so, spiritual leadership is a process, a journey.  We'll address questions like, How can spiritual leaders:

  • Cultivate spiritual leadership in themselves?
  • Be on the lookout for grace, even in unlikely people and places?
  • Foster gifts in others?
  • Build faith community among various stakeholders?



Monday June 4: Preparation for the Journey

  • Pope Francis and a Spirituality of Journey
  • Models for the Journey

Tuesday June 5

  • Dr. Melanie Verges and others address practical ways that leaders in Catholic formation/education can be more effective as spiritual leaders?

Wednesday June 6

  • Archbishop Gregory Aymond addresses his journey of spiritual leadership


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Featured Speakers

  Archbishop Gregory Aymond,  Archbishop        
  of New Orleans









  Dr. Melanie Verges, Superintendent of 
  Catholic Schools, Diocese of Baton Rouge









  Dina Dow, Director of the Office of
  Evangelization and Catechesis, Diocese of
  Baton Rouge






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Catholic Identity

This year’s Summer Institute explicitly addresses the following Defining Characteristics of Catholic schools—which also apply to parishes—as articulated in the Catholic Schools Standards Project:

  • Centered in the Person of Jesus Christ,

  • Contributing to the Evangelizing Mission of the Church,

  • Steeped in a Catholic Worldview,

  • Sustained by Gospel Witness,

  • Shaped by Communion and Community.

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8:00 AM-9:00 am     Check-In and Breakfast
9:00 AM-3:30 pm     Institute: Models Along the Way

8:00 AM-8:30 am     Mass
8:30 AM-9:00 am     Breakfast
9:00 AM-3:30 pm     Institute: Dr. Melanie Verges and Mrs. Dina Dow

8:30 AM-9:00 am     Mass
9:00 AM-12:00 pm   Institute: Archbishop Aymond
12:00 PM-2:30 pm   Closing Luncheon

Mass will be held in Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall (optional).

Lunch on Monday and Tuesday will be served on campus.

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Closing Luncheon

The closing luncheon on Wednesday, the final day of the Institute, is typically held at a landmark New Orleans restaurant.

Cost & Registration

The cost is $150.  Click on this secure link to reach our registration and payment portal. Questions regarding registration may be directed to Claire Moldthan or 504-865-3079.

  • The cost for each participant covers daily breakfast, lunch on campus Monday & Tuesday, breakfast on Wednesday, and the closing luncheon on Wednesday

  • All participants should complete a registration form, even if their registration fee is paid by someone else. 

  • On-campus housing is available.  Contact Claire Moldthan at  or 504-865-3079.


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Loyola University New Orleans, Danna Student Center, Audubon Room
6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118

Getting to Loyola University New Orleans

Navigating the Main Campus at Loyola

FREE parking will be available on campus in the West Road garage.  From St. Charles Avenue, turn on West Road which runs along the left side of Holy Name of Jesus Church. The garage will be straight ahead. Once parked, take the elevator or stairs to the first level and proceed through the gates onto the Peace Quad. The Danna Student Center will be on the left and Bobet Hall (Ignatius Chapel for mass) will be on the right. Follow directional signs.

Download and print a campus map here.

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More Information

  • Credit is available from the Archdiocese of New Orleans for Parish and School Catechetical Leaders (SCL & PCL) and school Principals who attend the Institute. For more information contact the Office of Religious Education, 504-861-6270 or the Office of Catholic Schools, 504-866-7916.

  • Any questions? Contact Claire Moldthan at or 504-865-3079

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The Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans Offices of Catholic Schools and Religious Education and by the Loyola Institute for Ministry.