ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – March 11, 2011 – The Most Reverend John C. Dunne, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Sister Joanne Callahan, O.S.U., superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre and Thomas Doodian, director of finance, Diocese of Rockville Centre all met with leaders of 26 dioceses and archdioceses to explore innovative solutions to the financial challenges Catholic schools face at the National Catholic Educational Association's Financial Summit on Catholic Schools held March 10 and 11 in Chicago.
The summit at Loyola University drew bishops, chief financial officers and school superintendents from the dioceses and archdioceses across the country that enroll 20,000 or more students. The Chicago summit featured Joel Barker as the keynote speaker. He helped participants to think imaginatively about shaping a brighter financial future for Catholic schools.
A futurist who made the term "paradigm shift" popular, Barker has worked with organizations around the world to help them create stronger futures. His recent focus has been on what he terms "innovation on the verge.”
In two panel presentations, Catholic educators shared their success stories. A "Finance" panel included Scott Jensen, senior strategist at the American Federation for Children, who discussed expanding access to Catholic schools through school choice; John R. Eriksen, Diocese of Paterson, N.J., schools superintendent, who talked about benefits and challenges of centralized financing in Catholic schools; and Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., schools superintendent, who gave a presentation on "From Cost-Based to Parochial: One Size Does Not Fit All."
A "New Ideas" panel featured Dr. Kevin Baxter, Archdiocese of Los Angeles elementary schools superintendent, who looked at innovation and growth; Anne P. Battes, president of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, Catholic Education Collaborative, who talked about how the collaborative unites communities for excellence; and Jeffrey L. Hausman, founder and executive director of the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy, who discussed the role of technology as a renewal tool for Catholic schools.
Sponsors of the conference were the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA); the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education; Loyola University Chicago; Catapult Learning of Camden, N.J.; TADS of Minneapolis, Minn.; FACTS Management Co. of Lincoln, Neb., and William H. Sadlier Inc. of New York, N.Y. The Archdiocese of Chicago provided help and support.
NCEA, founded in 1904, is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the church. NCEA's members include elementary schools, high schools, parish religious education programs and seminaries.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2009, nearly 16,702 baptisms, 16,900 confirmations, 17,537 first communions and 3,402 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan and 8 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/10).
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