NCEA BY THE NUMBERS
Total Catholic school enrollment: 2,065,872
Elementary school enrollment: 1,467,694
Secondary school enrollment: 598,178
Minority students: 624,878 30.2%
Non-Catholic: 307,458 14.9%
Total number of schools: 6,980
Elementary schools: 5,774
Secondary schools: 1,206
New schools in 2009/10: 34
New schools in last 1 0 years: 463
Schools with waiting lists for admission: (26.1%) 1,822
Full-time professional staff 151,473
Non-parochial school Catholic elementary students: 3,055,645
Non-parochial school Catholic secondary students: 687,174
Directors of Religious Education: (Estimate) 13,000
BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COUNCILS OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Number of boards: 5,749
Schools with boards: 82.4%
CATHOLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Number of colleges/universities: 234
Total Seminary enrollment: 3,483
Diocesan candidates in Theology: 2,656
Religious candidates in Theology: 827
High School enrollment: 510
College level enrollment: 1,443
Graduate-level Theologates: 46
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
THIS ANNUAL REPORT IS A SALUTE to an outstanding NCEA program: the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards. Iwenry years ago the association established the Awards to recognize individuals who have made exceptional contributions to U.S. education vouth in general ind to Catholic education in particular. Since 1991, 130 have been honored including Barbara Bush, Father Ted Hesburgh, Beverly Sills and Peter Lynch.
What binds these individuals together is their passion for Catholic education and their determination to strengthen our schools and preserve them lor the next generation. Many of them are deeply committed ro religious education programs, colleges and seminaries as well - Catholic education at all levels. TIi e goal ol the Seton Awards is not only to applaud this commitment but to encourage others to follow in their footsteps.
This year NCEA also recognized the Archdiocese of New Orleans with the President s Award for the leadership and spirit ol the archdiocese and its schools in the aftermath or Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Five years ago almost every school was touched in some way whether through direct damage, enrollment shuts or a daunting future. Yet Catholic schools defied the odds and were back in operation within five weeks.
This accomplishment not only reflected the vision of the archdiocesan leaders, but underscored the power of site-based management, with school principals and stari embracing the challenge and understanding that the key ro saving the city was restoring education.
There are many attributes that set Catholic education apart. I think the amazing courage, character and steadfastness of our educators is singular. It does not surprise me that these same characteristics are shared by the extraordinary Seton honorees we have saluted during the past twenty years.
Karen M. Ristati. Ed.D.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION
Diocesan leaders, principals, teachers, college presidents, directors of religious education, board members, pastors, parents and seminary directors are among the more than 200,000 members of the National CatJiolic Educational Association. These educators have a vast influence on the nation. They serve more than 7 million students at all levels of Catholic education.
The first Seton award went to Barbara Bush, pictured with Sr. Catherine McNamee, NCEA president, and Seton Scholar in 1991.
LEADERSHIP. DIRECTION. SERVICE.
A spirited rendition of "God Bless America" led by David Bologna brought the 2Qih anniversary celebration of ihe NCEA St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards too close. Seton honorees included Lee and Penny Anderson, Tom and Gayle Benson, Donald and Michele DAmour, Robert Smith and Frank and Judy Sunberg. The President's Award was given to the Archdiocese of New Orleans. David, a Catholic school student and a Tony Awards nominee, and his family resided in New Orleans when Hurricane Kalrina struck.
The first decade or the 21 sl century concluded on a high note for the association. Members benefited from vital research, advocacy and leadership trainine. Amone; the hiehliehts of a successful year:
At our Minneapolis convention delegates heard from inspirational and sometimes humorous speakers, prayed together at uplifting liturgies and participated in informative workshops. More than 400 gathered for the annual meeting of our Chief Administrators of Catholic Education exploring the theme of "Called to be Prophets." More than 1 25 bishops and guests attended the NCTA reception for U.S. bishops recognizing their contributions to Catholic education. Hundreds of members attended association meetings across the country including Education Law and SPICE symposia, the Catholic School Leadership Institute and Principals Forum. Programs provided formation and support for new administrators and at the same time reinvigorated and encouraged the experienced. Hundreds more tuned into NCEA through Webcasts and Webinars that provided training for board members on marketing and recruitment. Secondary leaders focused on workshops on leadership and finding Cod in the classroom, lhrough ACRJ*. and IFG, vital religious education assessment tools and workshops were provided for parishes and schools. "Psychological Assessment: lhe Testing and Screening of Candidates for Admission to the Priesthood in the U.S. Catholic Church" was published by the Seminary Department, suggesting screening practices for applicants ro the priesthood. The association worked closely with the bishops on government relations to ensure that Catholic educators are receiving the support they need and deserve. A National Marketing Campaign For Catholic Schools, run jointly with USCCB, promoted National Catholic Schools Week and assisted members with marketing and fund raising. "Weathering the Storm: Moving Catholic Schools Forward" became one of the best sellers of the 22 books published by the association this year.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan, new president of USCCB, joined Dr. Risfau at the NCEA reception honoring U.S. bishops. Also pictured at the event (center photo) were Cardinal Francis George, Bishop William Murphy and Archbishop Wilton Gregory, the new NCEA Chairman of the Board of Directors. (Far right) A commemorative issue of the Momentum journal marked the Seton anniversary.
AWARDS, APPRECIATION AND PASSAGES
More than 9,000 participants filled the convention halls in Minneapolis. The event also was a forum for recognizing 60 outstanding educators.
Tim Dwyer, associate executive director of the CACE Department, passed away in August. Tim's professional career was devoted fo strengthening Catholic education.
Br. Bernard Stratman, SM, the C. Albert Koob, O. Praem Award
Christine Boyd (right), the Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ Award
Br. Milton Barker, FSC, the John F. Meyers Award
Dr. Michael McCarron (right), the Leonard DeFiore Parental Choice Advocate Award
Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, new executive director, Seminary Department
Sr. Mary Frances Toymans, SND, executive director, Secondary Schools Department, retired from NCEA after serving 1 7 years.
Dr. Philip Robey, new executive director, Secondary Schools Department
Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D. Min., the Emmaus Award for Excellence in Catechesis.
Sr. Julia Marie Hutch ison, SND, the O Neil D'Amout Award
Dan McKinley (left), the Michael J. Guerra Leadership Award
Recipients of the Distinguished Pastor Award posed at the convention with their awards. NCEA also saluted distinguished principals and teachers, school boards, home and school associations and religious educators.
NCEA GIFT SUPPORT
The president, board of directors, staff and members of NCEA are grateful to our supporters for dieir generosity. Your gift to NCEA is an investment in the future of Catholic education and the millions of students in our Catholic schools, religious education programs, colleges and seminaries. Please consider corporate or individual contributions to help strengthen and expand the mission of U.S Catholic education. For more information, contact Brother Stephen Comeau at 571.257. ncea.org
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