2019 National Conference:

Freedom in Christ

July 22-25
The Catholic University of America
Washington, D.C.

We are delighted to announce that The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education 2019 National Conference will return to The Catholic University of America for a second consecutive year, and will be co-hosted by the university. Please mark your calendars for July 22-25, when hundreds of Catholic educators will come together in our nation’s capital to deepen their understanding of the nature and the purpose of Catholic education and its roots in the classical liberal arts tradition. Our theme, Freedom in Christ, reflects the goal of all Catholic education: holiness.

UPDATE: We are excited to announce this year’s plenary speaker line-up:

Mary Rice Hasson
Kate O’Beirne Fellow, Ethics & Public Policy Center
Director, Catholic Women’s Forum

Fr. Frank Brawner
Pastor, St. Agatha Academy – Winchester, KY
Chaplain, ICLE

Rosemary Vander Weele
Principal, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Classical School – Denver, CO

Dr. Gregory Roper
Associate Professor of English, University of Dallas – Dallas, TX

Dr. Andrew Seeley
Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College – Santa Paula, CA
Director of Advanced Formation, ICLE

We are also pleased to announce that Duncan G. Stroik, renowned religious and classical architect, will be joining our conference this year to offer a breakout presentation on the influence of architecture on education.

Now in its seventh year, our largest annual event will incorporate a significant change. We have renamed the conference, formerly called the National Catholic Classical Schools Conference, to The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education National Conference. This change encompasses a broader, universal vision of the renewal of Catholic education.  While “classical” is still a recognized and accepted shorthand term for this renewal, that label alone does not fully capture the Christocentric aim of its recovery in Catholic schools. Our purpose goes well beyond that of the resurgence of classical education in charter schools and private institutions. Whether our schools use the moniker “classical” or “Catholic liberal arts” or “a school in the Catholic intellectual tradition,” the shared intent is to recover the Church’s tradition–distinct from the utilitarian nature of public education. The evidence has become clear. Our schools flourish when “Catholic identity” is not added on, but is instead woven through.

Some background: The Catholic Church took up the tools of the classical tradition (including the seven liberal arts) and its spirit of inquiry in the search for truth, goodness, and beauty. Once that ancient tradition was ordered toward Christ as the Logos, however, it became something more comprehensive. We call it Catholic liberal education (from the Latin liber, which means free), or authentic Catholic education, in order to distinguish it from the secular progressive approach in both content and pedagogy.

Our annual conference offers inspiration, advice, seminars, discussion, prayer, and friendship as we grow in our vocation as Catholic educators, especially in the Eucharist.

You can see last year’s program, photos, and reviews HERE. We hope you will join us in July.

Registration rates:

– Member: $745
– Non-Member: $795
– Member, no housing: $645
– Non-Member, no housing: $695

Please note that  cancellations received at least 60 days in advance of the event will be honored with a full refund. Cancellations received at least 30 days in advance will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received less than 30 days in advance will receive no refund.

Registration includes all program sessions and materials, meals, housing (if selected), and full access to conference audio and video after the event. The Conference will begin on Monday with an optional Pre-Conference plenary at 4:00 on “An Introduction to Catholic Classical Liberal Arts Education” and will conclude with lunch on Thursday. 

PLEASE NOTE: Housing accommodations are very basic college dorm rooms with a shared bathroom. They are clean but not luxurious. For those who desire more comfort, nearby hotel options with possible conference discounts will be announced ASAP, though it should be noted that the nearest hotels are not in walking distance. 

2019 National Conference Registration Form

Please ensure that your school has registered as an official ICLE Member School before selecting member rates. ICLE Member School information can be found HERE and Member Educator information can be found HERE.
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