McGrath Institute for Church Life to be honored at NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo in Chicago

By Margaret Kaplow

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The NCEA Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award recognizes educational leadership and excellence

McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame, in the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, will receive the 2019 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for dedication and commitment to excellence in Catholic education.

The McGrath Institute for Church Life was chosen from more than 150,000 teachers and administrators, as well as diocesan leaders and organizations dedicated to the nation's Catholic schools. Dr. John C. Cavadini, director of the Institute, will accept the award during the annual NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo that will take place April 23-25 in Chicago. The annual award honors those whose ministry is Catholic school education and who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional efforts, dedication and achievements.

“The LLP award is a celebration of all that is good in Catholic schools. Our awardees are those individuals whose dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and care help to build dynamic communities where students are challenged and inspired to explore, to enjoy and to reach their potential as young people of faith and endless possibilities,” said Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson, NCEA Chief Leadership and Program Officer.

The nomination packet commends the Institute: “The McGrath Institute offers a number of programs that deepen Catholic knowledge while providing participants with a rich Catholic liturgical, spiritual and cultural experience.”

NCEA’s Convention & Expo is the largest private-education association gathering in the world. The annual convention draws thousands of members and participants from Catholic school communities, including elementary and secondary school teachers and principals, religious education programs as well as diocesan offices, church pastors, superintendents and school board members. The convention is a forum to exchange ideas, hear about current research and data related to Catholic education and learn about new technology and resources.

This year, the NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, April 23 - 25 at McCormick Place West.

Contact: Amy North, program director of communications, McGrath Institute for Church Life, 574-631-2894,