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St. Remy Initiative Symposium

Teachers in Dayton, Ohio, have found a way to ignite passion and hope for the mission of Catholic schools, and professionally energize and spiritually enlighten teachers through the St. Remy Initiative. The St. Remy model provides a simple - yet powerful - way to create a spiritual and professional community in which Catholic school educators thrive.

The 2017 Saint Remy Initiative Symposium was held in June. Check back for more information about future symposiums.

Program components

Click on the links below to learn more about the major components of the Saint Remy Initiative:

For more information, download the Saint Remy Initiative program brochure (pdf) >>

Pilgrimage/retreat

During the course of 2.5 days, participants will travel to Ohio and surrounding destinations that represent the rich cultural heritage of Catholic schools in our area. Participants will visit the Cathedral in Cincinnati as well as convents, shrines and monasteries. In addition, participants will spend time in prayerful reflection and spiritual centering.

View photos and article from the 2015 pilgrimage >>

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Class/cohort days

Participants attend 4.5 days of class/instruction on Leadership in the Catholic School. The curriculum consists of a three-year cycle that focuses on spiritual leadership, managerial leadership and education leadership. 

  • School Cohorts: Participants will also have the opportunity to meet in teams and to share their projects with one another. Written summaries of projects will be compiled and shared with all participants.
  • Learning Teams: Norm Rich will work with us as part of each class day on the topic of contemplative prayer. Norm will also engage participants in activities related to the saints and their influence on Catholic schools.
  • Spirit Groups: Participants will be able to choose from a menu of several different activities as part of each class day.  
  • Self-Organizing Project Groups: Participants may choose from a variety of groups that help plan St. Remy activities.

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School team meetings

One to two times per month, teams will plan and carry out project work at their school sites.

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School project & assessment

At the end of year XI, participants will be surveyed to determine whether the project has had an influence on their attitudes in the areas of commitment, satisfaction and sense of efficacy in their roles as Catholic school educators. Such surveys will be conducted annually.

View sample school projects here >>

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