Collaboration and support for the Catholic Marianist spirit

Established in 1996, the Center for Catholic Education at the University of Dayton promotes, enhances, energizes and supports Catholic schools. Our professional staff delivers programs and services in a Catholic and Marianist spirit – to educate for formation in faith; to provide an integral quality education; to educate in family spirit; to educate for service, justice, and peace; and to educate for adaptation and change.

The Center for Catholic Education, housed in the School of Education and Health Sciences, collaborates with colleagues at the university to share resources, research best practices and talent.

Learn more: Center for Catholic Education brochure (pdf) >>

How we serve

Our history

The Center for Catholic Education grew out of a simple, but important, question: What can the University of Dayton and other Catholic universities do to help Catholic elementary and secondary schools? The CCE has been working diligently to answer this question since it was founded in 1996.

The idea for the Center for Catholic Education first came about when Dr. Theodore Wallace, then-president of local Chaminade Julienne High School; and Clay Mathile, a local business leader, began exploring opportunities to improve the business and financial aspects of the Catholic high school’s operation. After these efforts brought about great improvements in the CJ community, Wallace and Mathile sought to share their newfound wisdom with other Catholic schools through a practical cooperative effort. Soon, the idea for a Center for Catholic Education was hatched and proposed to Bro. Ray Fitz, S.M., then-president of the University of Dayton.

The idea caught on quickly with the support of friends in the school and wider Catholic community. The Center for Catholic Education got rolling through the generosity of an anonymous, three-year, $1.2 million donation.

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Center for Catholic Education

Fitz Hall 652 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2967