Workshops & Consultation Services

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education offers in-service workshops and other consultation services for Catholic schools that wish to improve their Catholic identity and/or deepen their understanding and practice of Catholic classical liberal arts education. Our staff and consultants have decades of experience from kindergarten through college.

Workshops (typically one or two days) are tailored to fit the needs of each school. We allow plenty of time for questions and answers and informal discussions. Talks directed to the broader community, including board members and parents, are often included. Our programs always include prayer, such as Mass, the Rosary, and the Liturgy of the Hours.

Other consultation services include the following: 

– customizable introductory webinars

– on-site observation with recommendation report 

– curricular review & recommendations

– ongoing phone consultation 

Contact us to discuss how our services can help your school.

Contact us for further information:


Mary Pat Donoghue
Director of School Services

As Principal, Mary Pat led St. Jerome Academy in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., to become the first parochial school to embrace a classical liberal arts education.  Under her leadership, St. Jerome developed a unique Catholic classical curriculum,  and became a model and a spark for many others around the country. Mary Pat has 23 years of experience in Catholic education. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s in Administration from Trinity College, Washington, DC.

Dr. Andrew Seeley
For over two decades, Dr. Seeley has been a Tutor at Thomas Aquinas College in California, where his love has been teaching and learning with his fellow faculty and students from the greatest minds of Western Civilization. A 1987 graduate of Thomas Aquinas… read more

Dr. Arthur Hippler
Dr. Arthur Hippler is chairman of the Religion Department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy. He has taught in the graduate theology programs for both Ave Marie University and University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). Before coming to Providence Academy, he served the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse (Wisconsin), teaching moral theology and social ethics in the diocesan programs for lay formation and continuing education for teachers. He is the author of Citizens of the Heavenly City: A Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching (Borromeo Books) and the “Leader’s Manual” for the parish study program Social Virtue and the Common Good (Together! Inc). He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston College.

Elisabeth Sullivan
Elisabeth Sullivan is the Associate Director of The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education.  A former journalist, she found her passion for the classical liberal arts while exploring the most authentic formation in faith and reason for her own children… read more  

Michael J. Van Hecke, M.Ed
Mr. Van Hecke is the President and Founder of The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. He has been a Catholic educator for 20 years, currently serving as Headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura. He received a B.A. in classical Liberal Arts from… read more

Jessie Van Hecke
Jessie Van Hecke, a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher at St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, California, credits her liberal education at Thomas Aquinas College with introducing her to classical views of education and the human person, and with giving her the ability to sort quickly through different educational theories. After completing her education at Thomas Aquinas College in 1986, Jessie Van Hecke received her certification in primary education from the Montessori Institute of Los Angeles a year later and has taught across the country. Currently, she heads the K-3 program for St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, California.