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Colloquium of Catholic High School Leaders

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Wednesday, June 24

1:00 PM        Registration & Buffet Lunch

2:00 PM        Welcome & Opening Session

 Lisa M. Hastings
 Director, Integritas Project

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

3:00 PM       Character Formation across the Second Decade of Life:
                     A Positive Youth Development Perspective

Jacqueline V. Lerner
Professor, Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology
Lynch School of Education

 Response: Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J.

 Discussion: All

4:45 PM         Adjourn

5:00 PM         Mass

6:00 PM         Dinner & Remarks

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


Thursday, June 25

8:30 AM        Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM        Faculty Formation: Engaging the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

 Gregory Kalscheur, S.J.
 Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

10:15 AM       Break

10:45 AM       Board Formation: The Challenge of Mission-Focused Governance

  Alice Hession
  Director of Sponsorship, Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools

12:00 PM       Lunch

12:45 PM       Closing Remarks

                      Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J.

                      Tim Muldoon
                      Editor, Integritas 

1:15 PM         Adjourn




Paul Barker
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
17301 Old Vic Boulevard
Olney, MD 20832

George E. Collins, S.J.
Cheverus High School
267 Ocean Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Thomas Curry
Head of School
Bishop Ireton High School
201 Cambridge Road
Alexandria, VA 22314

Eileen Davidson
The Ursuline School
1354 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804

Thomas Doherty
Malden Catholic High School
99 Crystal Street
Malden, MA 02148

John Ermilio
Marian High School
273 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA 01702

Karl Ertle
Walsh Jesuit High School
4550 Wyoga Lake Road      
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224

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

Alice Hession
Director of Sponsorship
Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools
4409 Frederick Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229

James Keane
St. Joseph High School
2320 Huntington Turnpike
Trumbull, CT 06611

Brett Lowart
Notre Dame High School
13645 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oakes, CA 91423

Mary R. Maloney
Immaculate High School
73 Southern Boulevard
Danbury, CT 06810

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

Maria Reyes
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
500 SW 127th Avenue
Miami, FL 33184

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



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.

Jacqueline Lerner

Jacqueline Lerner is a Professor of Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology in the Lynch School of Education and studies the positive development of children and adolescents in the contexts of family, school and community, and the embedded relationships in these contexts that contribute to overall development. She has published widely in the leading journals in the field, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, as well authored or coauthored several chapters in the leading Handbooks in the field (The Handbook of Adolescent Psychology, 2009; The Handbook of Psychology, 2013). She has recently collaborated as the Scientific Director on the first National Longitudinal Study of Positive Youth Development ‘The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development” (a 10 year study funded by National 4-H Council).  She has served as associate editor of several leading journals and speaks about her research on positive youth development across the country.  Her current work involves researching and educating the field about the meaning and measurement of strength-based, rather than deficit-based models of adolescent development.  She has just begun a new longitudinal study on the role of intentional self-regulation and moral exemplars in the character development of adolescents. 

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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.


Greg Kalscheur

Rev. Gregory Kalscheur, S.J. is the Interim Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College.  He joined the faculty of the Boston College Law School in 2003, and from August 2012 to May 2014 he served as the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Faculty Development in the College of Arts and Sciences.  He received his A.B. in 1985 from Georgetown University and his J.D. in 1988 from the University of Michigan, where he served on the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Kenneth F. Ripple, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and worked as a litigator at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C.  After entering the Society of Jesus in 1992, Father Kalscheur served as Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Assistant to the Director of the Center for Values and Service at Loyola College in Maryland (1996-98) and as Associate Pastor at St. Raphael the Archangel Church in Raleigh, N.C. (2001-02). Father Kalscheur’s primary teaching and research interests include law and religion, constitutional law, civil procedure, Catholic social thought and the law, and the contributions of Ignatian spirituality to the character of Jesuit education. Much of Father Kalscheur’s scholarship draws on the insights of the Jesuit theologian John Courtney Murray regarding religious freedom and the role of civil law in promoting the common good.  Father Kalscheur’s most recent publication, Healthy Secularity and the Task of a Catholic University, 73 Theological Studies 924-34 (December 2012), suggests that we can also learn a great deal from Murray’s reflections on the purpose of the Catholic university as an institution that might be a place of enlarged dialogue characterized by healthy secularity in pursuit of the wholeness of truth.  Father Kalscheur has also published on Jesuit education and engagement with the Catholic intellectual tradition, and through his work as co-chair of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition subcommittee of BC’s Church in the 21st Century Center Advisory Committee, he took the lead in drafting a publication entitled, The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: A Conversation at Boston College.

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Alice Hession

Alice Hession is currently the Director of Sponsorship in the national office of the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools where she oversees the implementation of the Xaverian Brothers educational mission in the thirteen secondary schools sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.

Her past experience includes positions as the Director of Religious Education for St. Mary Cathedral parish and Religion Teacher and Religion Department Head at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Indiana, as Religion teacher and Assistant Principal for Xaverian Brothers schools in Louisville and Baltimore, and as the Director of Adult Religious Education and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky.  She was the Founding Principal of St. John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville, Alabama.  She is a graduate of Purdue University, holds a Masters in Religious Education from St. Meinrad School of Theology, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Spalding University.

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