University-Portland hosting Catholic Education event

University of Portland to host “The Impact of Catholic Education in America: Past, Present, and Future,” Thursday through Saturday, June 20-22University-of-Portland
By University of Portland

University of Portland will host a conference, “The Impact of Catholic Education in America: Past, Present, and Future,” Thursday through Saturday, June 20-22, on the University campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. The conference is sponsored by the University’s Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture.

The conference will highlight the history of Catholic education in America and the conditions, programs, and circumstances that have allowed Catholic schools to flourish across the nation.

The conference will begin on Thursday, June 20, with an opening Mass, a welcome reception, and a keynote address by Thomas Groome from the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College. Groome’s books include What Makes Us Catholic, Will There Be Faith? and Educating for Life. His keynote address is free and open to the public, with no registration required, and will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 in Buckley Center Auditorium. The conference will continue with concurrent sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Steeped in a rich tradition of educating all who wish to enroll—rich and poor, Catholic and non-Catholic—the Catholic educational system has had an impact on learners from pre-kindergarten to post-doctorate, and in so doing has transformed American society and culture in creative and meaningful ways. This gathering of scholars, administrators, students, and Church leaders will review the past and assess present circumstances as a lens through which to view current challenges and future possibilities.

Registration fees include all materials, sessions and meals, and the cost is $200 for those registering between May 1 and June 20. There is a $100 registration fee for local Archdiocesan teachers who wish to attend just the Friday sessions. Campus housing is available for $45 per night, single occupancy. Register at or contact Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center, at 503.943.7702 or [email protected].

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