University of Rochester

EVENT: Annual Institute Will Focus on Future of Catholic Education

April 12, 2005

A two-day summer institute that will address key issues for the future and continuing vibrancy of Catholic education will be held July 7 and 8 in Rochester. Sponsored by the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester, the program in its 16th year will stress methods for increasing intercultural understanding, enhancing the skills of Catholic educators, and investing in approaches that motivate students.

Titled “Catholic Education: Teaching Today, Shaping Tomorrow,” the combination of lectures, discussions, and social conversation is designed for teachers, school administrators, youth ministers, church members, parents, and others interested in Catholic education.

The keynote speakers, the Rev. J-Glenn Murray, S.J., and Timothy Cook, will develop the themes for each day of the institute. Murray, director of the Office of Pastoral Liturgy for the Diocese of Cleveland, will present a model for Catholic intercultural education that addresses the importance of recognizing the differences in students from a variety of cultures and with varying levels of ability. He teaches liturgy, culture, and preaching at the college and seminary level.

Cook, who is associate professor and director of secondary education at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., will discuss the contributions Catholic schools can make to strengthen personal relationships and increase understanding across cultures and faiths. He will explore a relational model of Catholic education, which shows how culture and faith of all peoples are interconnected.

Other presenters at the institute will include Christopher Mominey, principal of Rome (N.Y.) Catholic schools; Richard Ryan, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Rochester and a researcher on human motivation; the Rev. Robert Kennedy, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Rochester and assistant professor of liturgical studies at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry; and Margie Hodges-Shaw, a national authority on computing policies and ethics.

All programs will be held at the Holiday Inn Airport on Brooks Avenue in Rochester. Registration is $198 ($220 after June 23) for materials, refreshments, and luncheons. Group rates and housing are available. To register or for more information, contact (585) 275-7833 or e-mail