What is the Saint Remy Initiative?

The Saint Remy Initiative is a collaborative effort between the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education and the Catholic School Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The purpose of this initiative is to provide Catholic school principals and teachers with an opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the spiritual, academic, and managerial dimensions of their ministry.

Participant teams (the principal and two teacher leaders from each school) will develop a school-wide project for enhancing the Catholic identity within their individual schools.

How did the Initiative get its name?

The name "Saint Remy Initiative" was suggested by Brother Ed Brink, former Director of the Center for Catholic Education at the University of Dayton.

Brother Brink, through his research, found that the first Marianist Normal School for the Professional Development of Christian Teachers was founded in 1824 by Blessed Father Chaminade in Saint Remy de Provence, France.

Father Chaminade believed that too much emphasis is placed on the acquiring of skills for the teacher and not enough time is spent in forming the heart of the Catholic school teacher. He described his vision for normal schools that would serve in the formation of Catholic school educators as one of his principal undertakings “the one which is closest to my heart and generally interests me most.”

We feel this same vision is at the heart of our current professional development initiative, and that Saint Remy is a most appropriate name for it.

For more informationdownload the St. Remy Initiative brochure (pdf) >>