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Leadership Institute Sponsors



The Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute began as a collaborative effort by representative leaders from its present sponsor organizations – the Departments of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education and Religious Education (NCEA), the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), and the current Secretariats of Catholic Education and Evangelization & Catechesis (USCCB). After a few years of planning and false starts, they sponsored the first Leadership Institute in the summer of 1997 on The Catholic University of America campus. Within a few years, the annual 5-day program, now offered in early December, was moved to the newly constructed St. Mary's Center for Continuing Formation, located at the rear of St. Mary's Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD. The Sponsors continue to provide input and direction as the Leadership Institute anticipates becoming an Online Leadership Institute beginning in February 2010.


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National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)

Mission Statement
NCEA Mission Statement: Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the Church.


  • NCEA provides various professional opportunities, services and publications to assist those responsible for carrying out the catechetical and teaching mission of the Church.
  • Assessment workshops for NCEA Assessments: Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE) for students and Information for growth (IFG) for adults.
  • Presentations for catechetical in-services and conferences.
  • Consultation services to schools, parishes and dioceses by all departments.
  • Financial management and strategic planning services.
  • Annual Convention and departmental conferences/annual meetings.

Department of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE)
1005 North Glebe Road, Suite 525, Arlington VA 22201-5718
800-711-6232 / 571-257-0010

Department of Religious Education
1005 North Glebe Road, Suite 525, Arlington VA 22201-5718
800-711-6232 / 571-257-0010



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National Conference
for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)

Mission Statement
We, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, formed as an organization of diocesan, parish, academic, publishing, and other catechetical personnel, strive to enrich and strengthen the ministry of catechesis throughout the Catholic dioceses of the United States, and seek to serve the Church by:

  • Promoting the Church's catechetical ministry in accord with the vision of Scripture, the wisdom of the Church, the expertise of our members, and the needs of the people we serve in our continually changing world;
  • Collaborating with the bishops of the United States, international, national, regional and local organizations, other leaders who relate to catechetical ministers, and one another in the development of catechetical ministry, religious education, and faith formation;
  • Nurturing the continual spiritual, professional, and personal development of religious educators and catechetical ministers in the Church;
  • Gathering with one another at the national, regional, provincial, and diocesan levels to challenge our vision, foster our unity, strengthen our ministry, grow in faith, deepen our spiritual life, increase our understanding and broaden our perspective for catechetical leadership in the Church.

NCCL offers it members:

  • A weekly electronic newsletter (Monday Greeting) featuring important events in the Catholic community, catechetical news, spiritual references, book, DVD and film recommendations along with ideas for connecting faith and reason
  • Representation of the catechetical agenda with other Catholic associations and agencies
  • Publication of resources including a bi-monthly magazine, Catechetical Leader with a reproducible Update
  • Partnerships with other Catholic organizations that advance evangelization and catechesis
  • An annual conference and exposition
  • Presentations/workshops for inservices and other events

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)
125 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
202.884.9753, 202.884.9756f


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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Mission Statement
The mission of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is to support the ministry of bishops with an emphasis on evangelization, by which the bishops exercise in a communal and collegial manner certain pastoral functions entrusted to them by the Lord Jesus of sanctifying, teaching, and governing.This mission calls the Conference to

  • Act collaboratively and consistently on vital issues confronting the Church and society
  • Foster communion with the Church in other nations, within the Church universal, under the leadership of its supreme pastor, the Roman Pontiff
  • Offer appropriate assistance to each bishop in fulfilling his particular ministryin the local Church

Secretariat of Catholic Education
3211 Fourth Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017

Mission Statement
The Committee provides guidance for the educational mission of the Church in the United States in all its institutional settings. The Committee on Catholic Education guides, directs, and coordinates this task, working closely with the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. The scope of the Committee's work includes Catholic elementary and secondary schools, Catholic colleges and universities, and college campus ministry. The committee advocates for federal public policies in education that are consistent with Catholic values and that uphold parental rights and responsibilities regarding education.

The Secretariat of Catholic Education staffs the work of the Committee on Catholic Education.


  • information on Church documents relating to Catholic educational institution
  • sharing of "best practices" regarding Catholic educational institutions
  • support and advocacy in federal public policy on behalf of Catholic educational institutions from pre-school through high school.
  • Guidance on federal and state programs which assist parents to choose schools best suited for their children and which allow students and educators in Catholic schools to participate in publicly-funded programs.
  • Coordination of USCCB  relationships with Catholic colleges and universities and Catholic campus ministry programs.

Secretariat of Evangelization & Catechesis
3211 Fourth Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017

Mission Statement
The Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis assists the bishops, both collectively and individually, in fulfilling their role as evangelizers and chief catechists in their dioceses by addressing all aspects of evangelization and catechesis for adults, youth, and children. This includes fostering the distribution and implementation of foundational documents related to evangelization and catechesis, the development of guidelines for both, and especially the evaluation of catechetical materials for their conformity to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Committee supports initiatives which focus on the Church's world mission mandate and on stewardship.


  • Serves 2 bodies: the Bishops Committee for Evangelization & Catechesis & the Subcommittee on the Catechism
  • Provides development and preparation of Catechetical Sunday Materials each year
  • Serves as lead agent for the Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute sponsored by CACE & Religious Education Departments (NCEA), NCCL, and the Secretariats of Catholic Education and Evangelization & Catechesis (USCCB)
  • Recent Publications
    • National Directory for Catechesis
    • United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    • Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age
    • Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living
    • Periodic Update (electronic) on Texts found in Conformity with the CCC

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