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The Catholic Education Office is called to be a faith community committed to the educational mission of the church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. We offer leadership and service in the ministry of total Catholic education. In collaboration with others engaged in this mission, we articulate a shared vision of Catholic education and teach the message of Jesus Christ as we follow his call to "Go make  disciples of all nations."

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National Catholic Educational Association Convention 2017

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The Archdiocese of St. Louis is pleased to host the 2017 Convention & Expo of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) at The America’s Center from April 18-20, 2017. The Catholic Education Office will spend the next year planning to welcome 8,000+ Catholic educators and leaders to our beautiful city.

At the 2016 Convention, visitors from Catholic schools from as far away as Australia and Guam attended 272 presentations on a variety of topics related to curriculum, instruction, leadership, enrollment management, development and imagining the future of Catholic education in the 21st century and beyond! Vibrant liturgies every day provided attendees time to pray together and reflect on our unified mission to go out and make disciples of all those we teach. In addition, hundreds of educational suppliers were on hand to present their newest resources.

At the conclusion of the 2016 Convention, Dr. Nelson spoke to all in attendance following the closing liturgy to express our gratitude to our hosts in San Diego and the NCEA leadership, and to invite everyone to attend the 2017 NCEA Convention & Expo in St. Louis. To entice them even more, he introduced our “Welcome to St. Louis!” video of which we are most proud. You will be too!

This video focuses on our 200-year history of providing Catholic education in St. Louis, and on our Catholic identity as both a city and a school system of 140 elementary, secondary and special education schools. We hope you enjoy it and share it with your family and friends!

Lead. Learn. Proclaim.

Four educational leaders in Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be honored this year with a Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award for dedication and commitment to excellence. 

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) will present these awards at a special reception and dinner at the annual convention to be hosted here in St. Louis at America’s Center, April 18-20.

We are proud to recognize the following educators:

  • Kathleen Hertlein, Theology Teacher and Academic Dean at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School
  • The Saint Louis University High School Campus Ministry Team
  • Reverend Ralph A. Siefert, S.M ., President of Chaminade College Preparatory High School
  • Kathleen Stinehart, Teacher at Ursuline Academy

These men and women were chosen from more than 150,000 teachers and administrators, as well as diocesan leaders and organizations who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy, as well as exceptional ability, dedication and results.

“It takes dedicated people in the schools, the dioceses, the parishes and the communities to carry out the mission of faith formation in Catholic schools. They are the living messengers of God’s purpose from generation to generation,” said Jim Pavlacka, NCEA Director of Leadership Development.

The staff of the Catholic Education Office has been planning for this event for almost two years, and we are happy to report that registration is strong! We are proud of our history, and excited to share it, along with our plans for the future.

Watch for more NCEA news as this historic event draws near! Read The e-Vangelizer at!

“Doc, you look a little young…”

Ste. Genevieve du Bois Catholic School seventh graders put their marketing skills into “practice,” literally, in collaboration with Junior Achievement (JA) and Purina to create a mini-storefront Pet Adoption Center simulation booth at the recent JA BizTown.

Students ran their simulated business for a day discovering “real world” economics, business finance, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

Visitors to the booth chose a pet profile on a simulated Petfinder website, which was matched to a microchipped stuffed dog or cat.

Student “veterinary technicians” walked visitors through the benefits of pet adoption, performed a “medical exam” on the “pet” and made food recommendations (Purina, of course!) based on the pet’s age and dietary needs.

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