ICLE’s 2023 National Conference

Attendee Information

JULY 17-20, 2023

We are grateful you are joining us for our 11th Annual ICLE National Conference. Among the most mission-driven superintendents, principals, and teachers in Catholic education today, our attendees are seeking to renew their dioceses and schools by stepping away from the secular model of education and reclaiming the Church’s proven tradition in the liberal arts and sciences, preK-12.

If you have any questions related to the conference, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Megan Fassero, ICLE’s Program Manager at mfassero@catholicliberaleducation.org


Our largest annual event inspires and equips 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 Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s 11th annual National Conference is hosted by the Department of Catholic Studies and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University.

We anticipate a total of 400 people at the conference, including participants, vendors, speakers, and ICLE staff.


The theme for our 2023 ICLE National Conference is Cause of Our Joy. This title of our Blessed Mother points to her fiat—her “yes” to God at the Annunciation—which brought us the Source of all joy, Jesus. Mary will always unite us to the heart of her Son. In Ingres’s famous painting, The Virgin Adoring the Host, her gaze directs us to the Source and Summit of our faith as we proceed in the three-year National Eucharistic Revival.

As Catholic educators, may we strive together to exude the deep joy that can only be found in Our Lord.


The 2023 National Conference, Cause of Our Joy, is being held at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

The nearest airport is Pittsburgh International Airport (Airport Code: PIT). Duquesne University is located at 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282 (GPS Location: 1015 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282), about 30 minutes from the airport by car. View airport transportation options HERE.

All of the conference events will take place on campus, except for Holy Mass, which will take place at the nearby Epiphany Church (184 Washington Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219).

Registration, plenary sessions, and the vendor area are located on the 5th floor of the Power Center, in the Dougherty Ballroom and the Shepperson Suite. Please see the Duquesne Campus Map for details. The Power Center is #39 on the map. The 5th floor is accessible using elevators in the Power Center or via the Sklar Skywalk (#49 on the map) from the Forbes Avenue Parking Garage (#41 on the map).

Please view a Google Map of Duquesne University and the surrounding area HERE.


The conference schedule begins on Monday, July 17 on the 5th floor of the Power Center with Registration and Check-In in the Shepperson Suite from 1-4:30 p.m. Visit vendors from 1-3:30 p.m. and attend an optional pre-conference introductory session, “Catholic Liberal Education: Freedom in Christ” at 3:30 p.m.

The conference concludes on Thursday, July 20 with lunch and vendor time from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

All of your meals are included, beginning with dinner on Monday and ending with lunch on Thursday, except for Wednesday evening dinner, which is intentionally left free for you to explore Pittsburgh.


Please be sure to make your own housing arrangements. Note that housing is NOT included in your conference registration. We recommend the following lodging options:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown: Reserve your room at our special conference rate of $169 / night HERE. Please be sure to check the link’s default dates and change the dates of your stay if needed.
  • On-Campus Housing at Duquesne University: Single occupancy ($60 / person / night) and double occupancy ($50 / person / night) rooms are available in St. Ann Hall. Please note that St. Ann Hall features community-style bathrooms in each hallway. The following are provided by Duquesne for each guest staying in the hall: two (2) sheets, one (1) pillow case, two (2) bath towels, (2) wash cloths, (1) pillow, and blanket. Take a virtual tour HERE. University housing is being coordinated by Duquesne University. To reserve your room, please complete the Housing and Parking Reservation Form.

Please note:

  • The Housing and Parking Reservation Form must be completed once for each person. There is not an option to complete the form for more than one person.
  • The Reservation Form does not collect payment. Duquesne will reach out to you in a couple of weeks with a link to a separate payment form. Payment must be received no later than June 30, 2023, to secure your room.
  • Anyone needing priest, religious, or married housing is asked to reach out to Department of Catholic Studies Program Manager Gerriet Suiter at Duquesne University (via email at suiterg@duq.edu) to make separate arrangements.

If you have any questions at all related to Duquesne University housing, please contact Department of Catholic Studies Program Manager Gerriet Suiter at suiterg@duq.edu.


Holy Mass will be celebrated each day of the conference, all at nearby Church of the Epiphany (184 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-4438).

  • Monday, July 17 at 5 p.m – Opening Mass with main celebrant Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Tuesday, July 18 at 3 p.m., Holy Mass followed by Holy Hour and Benediction
  • Wednesday, July 19 at 3 p.m., Holy Mass followed by Holy Hour and Benediction
  • Thursday, July 20 at 8:30 a.m., Holy Mass

Please join us for Morning Prayer each morning of the conference.


In this time of great educational renewal, we are edified and blessed to know and partner with many organizations and apostolates who are each playing a unique role in expanding the return to truth, goodness, and beauty.

Our vendors, located in the Shepperson Suite and the Dougherty Ballroom, represent a variety of apostolates working together to serve the vast landscape of school and communities seeking to capture the fullness of the Church’s rich offerings.

We are thankful for their presence here at our National Conference, and we encourage you to get to know them by visiting their tables. Please take advantage of specific vendor time on the schedule, as well as other opportunities to interact with our vendors throughout the conference.

See the full list of vendors below.


Parking is available in the Forbes Avenue Parking Garage.

  • Standard parking is $14 per vehicle per day for over 4 hours of parking, with only one in-and-out privilege. Upon entering the garage, please be sure to take your ticket with you and pay for your parking before going back to your vehicle; you will have a limited time to exit after paying. Pay stations are located on the 1st and 8th floors of the Forbes Garage.
  • Discounted parking tickets will be available for $10 per vehicle per day for over 4 hours of parking, with only one in-and-out privilege. All discounted parking tickets must be ordered by June 30 via Duquesne’s Parking Ticket Reservation form, which will be made available at a later date.

Absolutely no overnight parking is available, unless you are staying overnight at St. Ann Hall on the Duquesne campus, in which case you will have the opportunity to order your discounted overnight parking tickets through Duquesne’s Housing Reservation form, which will be made available at a later date.

Please do not park at Epiphany Church. Parking is limited and must be reserved for the parish.

For general information about parking at Duquesne, click HERE.


If you would like us to be aware of your dietary needs and restrictions, please take a moment to complete our brief survey. This will assist us greatly with planning food and beverage service for the National Conference.


One of the blessings of our National Conference is growing the community of like-minded educators. Before the conference begins, we will share a list of registered conference participants. We are pleased to share the attendee name, email address, school or organization, school city / state, and primary area of interest with all registered conference attendees.

This information is not shared with our conference vendors. The list may not be shared elsewhere or used for any purpose aside from connecting with like-minded educators, and should not be used for commercial purposes.

Opt-out: If you prefer that we do not share your name, email address, school or organization, school city / state, and primary area of interest with your fellow conference attendees, please complete this opt-out form by Friday, June 9. Those who do not opt out by Friday, June 9, will be included.


Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are granted for participation in ICLE workshops, programs, and events. You may request a certificate of attendance for full, in-person attendance at a previous event HERE.


  • Luggage storage will be made available on the first and last days of the conference. Please stop at the ICLE table to be directed to the storage room.
  • Multiple charging stations will be made available in the conference venues.
  • Free wi-fi will be available using conference credentials for access.
  • Please view a Google Map of Duquesne and the surrounding area HERE.
  • The dress code for the conference is business casual. The Duquesne campus and its surroundings can be hilly. Please plan your footwear accordingly, and leave yourself plenty of time for walking.

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