2021 National Conference:

Regaining a Catholic Vision in a Secular Age


July 26-29, 2021

The University of St. Thomas | St. Paul, MN

2021 National Conference: Regaining a Catholic Vision in a Secular Age

July 26-29 | The University of St. Thomas St. Paul, MN

We are delighted to announce that the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education 2021 National Conference will be held this year for the first time in the Upper Midwest, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Please mark your calendars for July 26-29, when hundreds of Catholic educators will come together to deepen their understanding of the nature and purpose of Catholic education and its roots in the classical liberal arts tradition. Our theme, Regaining a Catholic Vision in a Secular Age, reflects our need to be intentional about our mission and fully steeped in our tradition.

Now in its ninth year, our largest annual event aims to inspire and equip a growing community of Catholic educators to reclaim the Church’s full vision of education and to bring it to life in their classrooms. The centuries-old tradition of Catholic liberal learning forms us in the freedom to know, to love, and to live the Truth. It is distinct from the predominant secular approach in that it nurtures a young person’s sense of wonder and the mysteries of faith. Join us to deepen your vocation in the joyful spirit of teaching in the Catholic tradition, which is revitalizing schools across the country.

SCHOOL LEADERS: Be aware that many schools are able to fund conference participation via Federal Title funding. Importantly, see HERE for a recent policy letter from Secretary DeVos indicating that such funding for secular services from religious organizations does not violate the Establishment clause. If you have questions regarding Title funding, please feel free to contact us for guidance.

PLEASE NOTE: Accommodations are in modest dormitories on the campus of UST. Rooms are single occupancy with a shared bathroom on a first-come, first-served basis. Linens but not toiletries will be provided. Attendees should bring hand soap and hangers. Late registrants may be limited to double occupancy. For those interested in local hotel accommodations, see here.  

2021 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.

PLEASE NOTE: For all ICLE programs, 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. Please allow up to 30 days for a refund to be processed.