McGrath Institute for Church Life to be honored at NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo in Chicago

Author: Amy North

John Cavadini
John Cavadini

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame will receive a 2019 “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for dedication and commitment to excellence in Catholic education. The annual award honors those whose ministry is Catholic school education and who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional efforts, dedication and achievements.

The McGrath Institute for Church Life was chosen from more than 150,000 teachers and administrators, as well as diocesan leaders and organizations dedicated to the nation’s Catholic schools. John C. Cavadini, professor of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of the institute, will accept the award during the annual NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo that will take place April 23-25 in Chicago.

“On behalf of all of us who work at the McGrath Institute, I am profoundly grateful for this recognition,” Cavadini said. “It provides an inspiration to work even harder towards the goal of strengthening the educational ministries of the Church.”

Barbara McGraw Edmondson, NCEA chief leadership and program officer, said: “The LLP award is a celebration of all that is good in Catholic schools. Our awardees are those individuals whose dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and care help to build dynamic communities where students are challenged and inspired to explore, to enjoy and to reach their potential as young people of faith and endless possibilities.” 

The nomination packet commends the institute: “The McGrath Institute offers a number of programs that deepen Catholic knowledge while providing participants with a rich Catholic liturgical, spiritual and cultural experience.”

Contact: Amy North, program director of communications, McGrath Institute for Church Life, 574-631-2894,