ACE program to celebrate 15th anniversary

Author: Michael O. Garvey


The University of Notre Dames Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program will celebrate its 15 years of service to Catholic schools with a jubilee weekend for its graduates and other supporters of Catholic schools from July 24 to 27 (Thursday to Saturday) on the Notre Dame campus.

Some 600 people, including ACE graduates, other Catholic schoolteachers and administrators, as well as some 140 Catholic school principals and their mentors and 22 English as New Language (ENL) teachers, are expected to return to campus for the weekend, which will include discussions on current issues in Catholic education and such speakers as 1977 Notre Dame alumnus U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and U.S. Under Secretary of Education Sara Martinez Tucker.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, will preside at a Mass at 9:30 a.m. July 25 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, during which 180 ACE teachers will be commissioned for service this year in 100 Catholic schools throughout the country.

Founded in 1994, by Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., and Rev. Sean D. McGraw, C.S.C., ACE supports a variety of programs serving Catholic schools in the United States and abroad.  Central to its mission is the preparation of teachers and leaders for service in Catholic schools. While earning a master in education degree, approximately 180 students serve annually in schools in 32 communities. The ACE Leadership Program was established in the summer of 2002 to educate qualified and faithful principals for Catholic schools.  Notre Dame educates more Catholic schoolteachers and leaders than any other institution of higher education.

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