Magazine article Momentum

NCEA Honors Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Education

Magazine article Momentum

NCEA Honors Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Education

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Five awards to be presented during annual convention

The National Catholic Educational Association will honor outstanding contributors to the mission of Catholic education when the association meets for its 104th annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland, in April.

Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ, Award

Honors leadership in promoting a vision of Catholic education that welcomes and serves cultural and economic diversity and enhances service for student with diverse needs.

Brother Michael Collins, FSC, Ed.D.

Brother Michael Collins, president of De La Salle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has promoted the concept and value of diversity at his school; in his work as a leader on the NCEA secondary Schools Department executive committee; and as a speaker, author and facilitator to others on the topic. For many, he represents the conscience of the association in the area of diversity.

Brother Michael has discussed the needs of inclusive education for many years. He has served on committees in his LaSallian Christian Brothers community, the region he serves and on the national scene. He co-authored an NCEA publication with D. Shane Merton on the topic and was the inspiration for the LEAD (Leadership in Equity, Access and Diversity) program jointly sponsored by NCEA and Loyola Marymount University.

His school is the most culturally diverse in Minnesota. More than 35 percent of the students are of color, 25 percent are of other faith traditions and more than 50 percent receive financial aid. A De La Salle graduate himself, Brother Michael returned to his alma mater as president in 1991 when enrollment had bottomed to 306 students. Today the high school enrolls 600 students. At a time when recruiting teachers of color is more and more difficult, the family at De La Salle is impressively diverse and models the leadership Brother Michael has established.

C. Albert Koob Merit Award

Honors a distinguished Catholic educator who has made extraordinary contributions on a regional and national level.

Sister Dominica Rocchio, SC, Ed.D.

For more than 25 years, Sister of Charity Dominica Rocchio served in central office leadership in the Archdiocese of Newark, working on behalf of Catholic school communities.

She retired last year after 14 years as superintendent of schools. For 11 of those years she also was secretary of Catholic education. During this time, Sister Dominica worked aggressively to encourage marketing initiatives, consider new forms of school governance, challenge the archdiocesan school council to greater levels of consultation and network with her colleagues.

The energy and congeniality that characterize Sister Dominica have championed the causes she pursues with vision and, along with the knack for "getting things accomplished," have earned her recognition as a Catholic educator who has helped to thrust the achievements of Catholic schools into the public arena.

She has served with distinction on many boards of secondary schools and colleges. She fostered the aims of school accreditation with service on the Commission on secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. Sister Dominca has served on the advisory committees of public policy and education for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and worked tirelessly to implement the National Directory for Catechesis. She served as a member of the NCEA board of directors and as vice president of CAGE.

Msgr. John E Meyers Award

Honors an individual who has supported Catholic education at any level or in any educational settling.

Catherine Hickey, Ph.D.

As secretary for education / superintendent of schools in the Archdiocese of New York, Dr. Catherine Hickey provides ongoing leadership for the largest and most economically diverse Catholic school program in the nation, with more than 100,000 pupils in more than 300 schools. …

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