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Colloquium of Catholic High School Leaders

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Thursday, May 8

1:00 PM        Registration & Buffet Lunch

2:00 PM        Welcome & Opening Session

   Lisa M. Hastings
   Director, Integritas Project

   John T. Butler, S.J.
   Vice President, University Mission and Ministry 

3:00 PM       The Transcendent Value of the Liberal Arts

   David Quigley
   Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 

4:30 PM        Adjourn

5:00 PM        Mass

                       John T. Butler, S.J.

6:00 PM        Dinner & Remarks

                       William P. Leahy, S.J.


Friday, May 9

8:30 AM        Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM        Undergraduate Admission: The Challenges of Marketing Catholic
                     Higher Education

  John L. Mahoney
  Director, Undergraduate Admissions

10:00 AM       Break

10:30 AM       Catholic High Schools and Catholic Colleges: Better Together?

   Joseph M. O'Keefe, S.J.
   Professor, Educational Leadership and Higher Education, Lynch School of          Education, and Director, Center for Ignatian Spirituality

12:00 PM       Lunch - Video - "Educating Amid the Challenges"
                       Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See

1:00 PM         Summary of Discussion & Closing Remarks

                       Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J.

                       John T Butler, S.J.

1:30 PM         Adjourn




Chris Alling
Xavier College Preparatory School
34200 Cook Street
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Mary Elizabeth Blaufuss
Archbishop Carroll High School
4300 Harewood Road, NE
Washington, DC 20017

Kathleen Casey
Immaculate High School
73 Southern Boulevard
Danbury, CT 06810

Marco Clark
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike
Forestville, MD 20747

Greg Deja
Catholic Central High School
319 Sheldon Avenue, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

William Fitzgerald
St. Joseph High School
2320 Huntington Turnpike
Trumbull, CT 06611

Olga Gentry
St. Augustine Catholic School
1300 Galveston Street
Laredo, TX 78040

John Hanwell, S.J.
Fairfield College Preparatory School
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Mary Joy Hurlburt
St. Mary's Ryken High School
22600 Camp Calvert Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Bill Kemeza
Boston College High School
150 William T. Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125

Joel Konzen, S.M.
Marist School
3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319

David Laughlin
St. Louis University High School
4970 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

Patrick McGrath, S.J.
Loyola Academy
1100 Laramie Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091

Eileen McLaughlin
Head of School
Mount Alvernia High School
790 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458

Sr. Jeanne Ross, C.S.J.
Sacred Heart Academy
47 Cathedral Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550

Sr. Barbara Rogers, R.S.C.J.
Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
785 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458

Edward Salmon, S.J.
McQuaid Jesuit High School
1800 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

Joseph Vorbach
Head of School          
Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School
6600 Little Falls Road
Arlington, VA 22213



Jack Butler

Rev. Jack Butler, S.J. is the Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Boston College.  He is a member of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus and grew up in Atlanta, GA. He is professionally trained as a counselor and holds a Ph. D. in Pastoral Counseling.  He received his STL in Spirituality from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Boston College) specializing in Ignatian Spirituality.  He holds an MA, an MS, as well as a BA from Providence College, Loyola University, and St. Thomas University respectively.  Before coming to higher education, he has had work experience in formation ministry, hospitals, prisons, and schools. He entered the Jesuits in 1991 and became a member of the BC community in 2002.

David Quigley

David Quigley is provost and dean of faculties and a professor of history at Boston College. During his five years as dean, Dr. Quigley was credited with attracting and hiring an outstanding cohort of young faculty, strengthening academic opportunities for undergraduate students, and developing new interdisciplinary majors in Islamic civilization and societies and environmental studies. He also played a significant role in the conceptualization and design of Stokes Hall, the $78 million center of the humanities at Boston College, and in leading the ongoing effort to renew the core curriculum for undergraduate students. Dr. Quigley teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses on nineteenth-century United States and on political and urban history. His research to date has explored the history of race and democracy between the American Revolution and Reconstruction in local political cultures of New York. He is completing a new synthetic project, Last, Best Hope: International Lives of the American Civil War, and is editing both A Companion to American Urban History and Busing in Boston: A Brief History with Documents

John Mahoney

John Mahoney is the Director of Undergraduate Admission at Boston College.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston College and served as a high school English teacher at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA before starting his admission career at Boston College. Mr. Mahoney is a frequent speaker at national conferences and has written several articles on college admission.  He won the John B. Muir award in 2002 for the article in the Journal of College Admission.

Joe O'Keefe

Rev. Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J., is a professor of education at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education where he served as associate dean from 2001 to 2003 and dean from 2003 to 2011.  He has been at the Lynch School since joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1991. He has overseen a number of collaborative programs with local dioceses and the National Catholic Educational Association. In 2004 Father O’Keefe received the F. Sadlier Dinger Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic education.  Since 2013 Father O’Keefe has also been the director of Boston College’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality. Father O’Keefe received a doctorate in education from Harvard University, concentrating on administration, planning, and social policy.  A native of Salem, MA, he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross and he earned a master’s degree in French literature from Fordham University.  He received a M.Div. and S.T.L. from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (formerly Weston Jesuit School of Theology). He has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1976, and was ordained a priest in 1986. He has served as a trustee at five universities, three high schools and a hospital for children. Father O’Keefe taught French at several high schools.  He was a visiting associate professor and holder of the Jesuit Chair at Georgetown University, 1999-2000. He is the contributing co-editor of The International Handbook of Catholic Education: School Systems in the 21st Century (Springer, 2007), he was the lead co-author of Sustaining the Legacy: Urban Catholic Elementary Schools in the United States, published by the National Catholic Educational Association. From 2008 to 2013 he was co-editor of The Journal of Catholic Education. He is editor and co-editor of fifteen books and author or co-author of more than 55 articles and book chapters on Catholic education and educational leadership.  In 2012 United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed him to the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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