Welcome to Convocation 2022! On this page you can find the full schedule, event map, speaker bios, session description, shuttle schedule, hotel information, and our proud sponsors.
Fr. Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C., past-provincial superior for the U.S. Province of Priests and former president of King’s College, The Call to be Missionaries of Holy Cross
Chris Lowney , book author, to speak on his books Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church and How Pope Francis Leads
Fr. James Heft, S.M. , Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion, University of Southern California, The Future of Catholic Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Julianne Wallace, Director of Apostolic Mission and Charism, U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Institutional Vocation
Kerry Robinson, The Leadership Roundtable, Cultivating Faith in Young Adults
Gloria Purvis, Host of The Gloria Purvis Podcast from America Media, Racial Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Catholic Church
Fr. Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C.
Father Tom O’Hara, C.S.C., a Trustee at St. Edward’s University, served twelve-years as president of King’s College in Pennsylvania. He served six years as provincial superior of the U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers, he is today a professor of political science and academic advisor at King’s, his alma mater. His tenure as president is the second-longest in that college’s history, he is the first alumnus to be the school’s president, and his presidency will long be remembered as a time of tremendous progress and rise in reputation for the college.
During the O’Hara years, King’s saw a steady rise in applications for admission, the largest freshman classes in its history, national honors for student service to the community, and national attention for its commitment to welcoming first-generation and low-income students. The College also added several new buildings and green space, worked with the local community to renovate and open buildings and businesses in the community, and opened its innovative McGowan Hispanic Outreach Program to work with Latino families to get students into college.
Born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania (a mere 30 miles from the King’s campus), the son of a coal miner and garment worker, Father Tom earned his undergraduate degree at King’s in 1971 and his master’s in theology at Notre Dame in 1977; during his seminary studies at Notre Dame, he taught at Notre Dame College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and worked with Mother Teresa’s religious community. After his ordination in 1978 he served in a parish in Brooklyn, New York (winning New York’s Award for Dedication to Youth in 1982). He then served as a chaplain at a Holy Cross hospital and school in Washington, D.C., while earning his doctorate in political science at American University and again serving in a parish; you see the boundless energy that is admired and celebrated to this day by his King’s College community.
Father Tom returned to King’s in 1988 as a professor of political science, a job he loved, he says, nearly as much as he loved living in a student residence hall, a habit he maintained all through his presidency. From 1994 to 1996 he taught in Uganda, returning to King’s again, this time as a vice president for academic affairs; he was named the eighth president of King’s College in 1999, and immediately set about celebrating community and creative possibility as the hallmarks of his leadership. “I am at my core a Holy Cross priest who happened to be a president,” he said, as he concluded his tenure, “and I have spent a lot of my time trying to motivate people in spiritual ways to believe in themselves and in their possibilities. I value my priesthood enormously. The deepest moments of my life are when, as a priest, I was privileged to enter into the lives of others.”
Dr. Julianne Wallace, Director of Apostolic Mission and Charism, U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers
Dr. Julianne Wallace is the Director of Apostolic Mission and Charism for the US Province of Priests and Brothers of Holy Cross. She is responsible for deepening the sense of and commitment to the Holy Cross mission and charism through the province apostolates, including parishes, colleges and universities, and our other ministries.
Dr. Wallace has been active in Franciscan Higher Education for almost 12 years, most recently as the Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Alvernia University in Reading, PA. Prior to this, she was Associate Director of Faith Formation, Worship, and Ministry at St. Bonaventure University in western New York and has held various roles in Campus Ministry and Liturgy as she advanced in her faith education. Dr. Wallace earned a Doctor of Ministry in Educational Leadership from Virginia Theological Seminary. She also holds Master of Theological Studies degree in Word and Worship from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance (flute and orchestral conducting) from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.
Fr. James Heft, S.M., Alton Brooks Professor of Religion, University of Southern California
James Heft is a priest in the Society of Mary and leader for over thirty years in Catholic higher education. He spent many years at the University of Dayton, serving as chair of the Theology Department for six years, Provost of the University for eight years, and then Chancellor for ten years. He left the University of Dayton in 2006 to found the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he now serves as the Alton Brooks Professor of Religion and the Founder and President Emeritus of the Institute. He has written and edited thirteen books and published over 175 articles and book chapters. Oxford University press listed his book, Catholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities (Oxford, 2011) as a “best seller.” He edited Learned Ignorance: Intellectual Humility Among Jews, Christians and Muslims (Oxford, 2011); and Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue (Oxford 2011). He co-edited with UD's professor of history, Una Cadegan, In the Logos of Love: Promise and Predicament in Catholic Intellectual Life (Oxford, 2016), and co-edited with social psychologist Jan Stets, Empty Churches: Non-Affiliation in America (Oxford, 2021). His most recent book, The Future of Catholic Higher: the Open Circle, was published by Oxford in 2021.
In 2011, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities awarded him the Theodore M. Hesburgh award for his long and distinguished service to Catholic higher education.
Fr. Heft teaches two courses each fall at USC. This past fall, he taught a course on the history of Catholic immigrants coming to the U.S., and led a senior seminar on "Religions and Violence" for majors in International Relations.
Kerry Alys Robinson, Partner, Leadership Roundtable
Kerry Alys Robinson serves as a partner of the Leadership Roundtable, a trustee of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, and a member of FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities). She has served as a trustee on numerous national and international boards and has been an advisor to grantmaking foundations, charitable nonprofits, and family philanthropies since 1990.
Kerry is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of philanthropy, development and faith including her award-winning book Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service. She is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide and contributed a chapter in Fr. James Heft’s recent book Empty Churches. Additionally she is a columnist for Chicago Catholic and has a blog on spirituality called Love in Ordinary Time.
Kerry received a B.A. degree from Georgetown University, and an M.A.R. degree from Yale Divinity School, concentrating in ethics.
Chris Lowney, Author
Chris Lowney vice chairs the board of CommonSpirit Health, America’s largest nonprofit health system with $29 Billion in revenues and more than 150,000 employees. He is a one-time Jesuit seminarian and later served as a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan & Co on three continents. He is a popular keynote speaker who has lectured in more than two-dozen countries, on leadership, business ethics, decision-making and other topics.
He is the author of six books and has co-authored two more. The bestselling Heroic Leadership has been translated into eleven languages and was named to the recommended reading list of the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. His A Vanished World relates fascinating stories of Christians, Muslims, and Jews in medieval Spain: Chris was featured in the PBS-aired documentary, “Cities of Light,” which echoed many of that book’s key themes. His other works include Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, which has been called, “a book for the ages.” He won a 2018 Catholic Press Association award for Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church. His latest work is Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World), which won a 2018 Independent Press Award as a “Distinguished Favorite.” The book also won a Gold Medal in the 2019 Illumination Awards.
Chris regularly contributes to Forbes.com on leadership and leadership strategy (his columns can be found here); and he contributes to Aleteia.org on spirituality and leadership (Find his Aleteia pieces here).
His efforts in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship have included helping to launch an innovative collaboration to offer online university education in refugee camps in Africa and elsewhere; he also co-founded Contemplative Leaders in Action, an emerging leader formation program now active in a half-dozen cities; and he founded Pilgrimage for Our Children’s Future, which supports education and healthcare projects among severely impoverished, marginalized communities: to learn more, visit www.pocf.org. Chris also serves on the board of Commonweal Magazine.
He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, where he also received his M.A. He is holder of seven honorary Doctoral degrees; was raised in Queens, New York; hates the Yankees; and roots for the Mets without feeling shame.
Gloria Purvis is a graduate of Cornell University and she worked for nearly two decades in the mortgage industry before becoming a risk management director at a major financial services company.
She served on the National Black Catholic Congress' Leadership Commission on Social Justice, and as an Advisory Board Member on the Maryland Catholic Conference's Respect for Life Department as well as the Archdiocese of Washington's Pastoral Council.
She also taught Natural Family Planning and helped prepare engaged couples for marriage as a member of a Pre-Cana team in the Archdiocese of Washington.
She has appeared in various media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS Newshour, Catholic Answers Live, and EWTN News Nightly, and hosted Morning Glory, an international radio show. She is Our Sunday Visitor’s Catholic of the Year for 2020.
She is a full-time stay-at-home mother and consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Religious Liberty and on The Board of Advisors for Our Sunday Visitor's Real and True Catechism Project. She is the creator and host of the EWTN TV series, Authentically Free at Last, that deals with the modern challenges to the expression and understanding of authentic human freedom.
She is currently the creator, host, and executive producer of The Gloria Purvis Podcast. The podcast discusses current news and complex issues at the intersection of church and society and creates space for those voices and perspectives not often given a platform.
She is dedicated to promoting the sanctity of human life, marriage, and the dignity of the human person.
She is the Inaugural Pastoral Fellow at the McGrath Center for Church Life at Notre Dame University.
You can follow her on Twitter @Gloria_Purvis and Instagram @iamgloriapurvis and subscribe to her podcast on Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, or wherever you stream your podcasts.
You can find more about the podcast here: www.americamagazine.org/gloriapurvispodcast
Dr. Tymothy T. Tagliaferro, Upper School Director, Gilmour Academy
Dr. Tagliaferro earned his master of education in higher education administration from Kent State University and his doctorate in education leadership from Creighton University. Dr. Tagliaferro's focus for his dissertation sought to create a framework of evidence-based recommendations for Catholic secondary school leaders composed of best practices for enhancing the sustainability of charism transmission in religious order-sponsored Catholic secondary schools.
Dr. Tagliaferro began his professional career at Gilmour in 2011 as part of the residence life staff. He served as the Residential Activity Coordinator from 2011-2014 and the Assistant Dean of Students during the 2013-2014 academic year. In July of 2014 he began his tenure at Archbishop Hoban serving in the roles of Assistant Principal and Dean of Students, before returning to Gilmour in 2019 to serve as Director of the Middle School.
Currently serving Gilmour Academy as the Director of the Upper School, his skill set and expertise focus in the areas of student engagement, school culture development, faculty/leadership development and mission integration.
Bro. Jony Gregory, CSC, Assistant Headmaster, St. Philip's High School and College, Dinajpur, Bangladesh
Brother Jony Gregory, CSC, is a member of St. Joseph Province, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 with a masters in English Language and Literature. Brother Jony is currently the assistant headmaster of St. Philip’s High School and College in Dinajpur, Bangladesh. In addition, he is an English Language & Arts teacher. Besides teaching and administrative work, he likes playing sports and music.
Katy Lichon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame; Director of ACE's Catholic School Advantage and English as a New Language Program
Katy Walter Lichon serves as the Director for the English as a New Language (ENL) Program, the Director of the Catholic School Advantage (CSA), and is an Associate Teaching Professor with ACE Teaching Fellows. In addition, she serves as a faculty fellow for Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child, Center for Literacy Education, and Center for the Study of Languages and Culture.
Lichon is an educational linguist who focuses on the education of K-12 multilingual learners in Catholic schools and teacher education. This work has led to the publication of English Oral Language Assessment (ACE Press, 2013), Our Legacy and Our Future: A Framework for Serving English Learners in Catholic Schools (NCEA Press, 2017), Supporting English Learners: A Diocesan Handbook for K-12 (NCEA Press, 2018), and Ten Days to Becoming a Better Educator of English Learners (NCEA Press, 2018), as well as numerous articles in diverse publications. She was honored with the Christ the Teacher award in 2020.
Lichon received her B.B.A. in marketing and management from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, and her Ph.D. in Educational Philosophy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Lichon has also helped to begin the two-way immersion program at Holy Cross School in South Bend, IN, that is now in its fourth year. She resides in South Bend, Indiana with her husband and three children.
Dr. Michael Faggella-Luby, Professor, Director, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth
Michael Faggella-Luby, PhD is professor of special education and director of the Alice Neely Special Education Research & Service (ANSERS) Institute at TCU. He is also past president of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children and an associate editor for the Journal of Learning Disabilities. He has published research related to inclusion in Catholic schools, literacy interventions, postsecondary education for students with disabilities, and instructional design. Michael is a former teacher and administrator of Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Augustine, as well as an Alliance for Catholic Education Fellows graduate.
Mr. Michael Larkin, Consultant, ML Philanthropic Advisors
Michael Larkin started as an elementary, middle, and high school teacher and coach in Catholic K-12 schools. His first fundraising assignment was in a two-person shop at his Jesuit high school alma mater. From those roots, supplemented by caring and compassionate mentors, he learned the fundamentals of relationship driven philanthropy. In the last thirty-five years he has been a part of Campaigns that have raised more than one billion. Creating major gift divisions at five schools, gift officers under his direct supervision have raised $425 million. He has designed and implemented strategies informing thirty-six gifts of one million or more. Five of the donors he has worked with have made nine separate gifts of $10 million or more transforming educational opportunities by creating new facilities as well as scholarships endowments supporting hundreds of scholarship recipients.
Dr. James Knight, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, St. Edward High School
Dr. James Knight is an educator, coach/ mentor, consultant, author, itinerant speaker/teacher, and equity and inclusion strategist. He resides near Cleveland, Ohio. Much of his work revolves around leading with humility and partnering with other leaders to build dynamic and inclusive communities/spaces where people collaborate, innovate, and engage in fearless dialogue.
Michael Amodei, Executive Editor, Curriculum, Ave Maria Press
Michael Amodei, Executive Editor of Curriculum at Ave Maria Press since 1993, writing and editing the four most recent high school textbook series. He is the author of Send Our Your Spirit, a confirmation program for high school students, Marriage and Holy Orders: Your Call to Love and Serve, and Catholic Essentials: An Overview of the Faith. Previously he was an editor at Benziger Publishing Company.
Amodei began his career in religious education at St. Monica Catholic Church and Schools in Santa Monica, California, where he was an elementary and high school teacher, youth minister, and director of religious education from 1979-1993.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English (1979) and a Master’s Degree in Religious Education (1986), both from Loyola Marymount University.
Mike and his wife Lisa have four adult children. They live in South Bend, Indiana, and are members of Sacred Heart Parish, Notre Dame.
The Call to be Missionaries of Holy Cross
Having served as Provincial Superior of the US Province, professor and President of King's College, a Trustee at St. Edward’s University, and through his work and ministry with the international Holy Cross community, Fr. Tom O’Hara brings what he has learned from those experiences as well as his recent return to the classroom and academic advisor, in his talk "The Call to be Missionaries of Holy Cross."
Renewing Our Holy Cross Call
The past two years have provided our world with unprecedented challenges. These challenges, which seem to be continuing into the year 2022, often keep us from recognizing God’s call for us-as both individuals and institutions. In this keynote presentation, Dr. Wallace will explore how vocation can bring us back to the center-bring us back to who God is calling us to be, even in the midst of great trials. This presentation will explore understandings of personal and institutional vocation along with the discernment processes involved in hearing and responding to God’s call in this world. Dr. Wallace will also highlight some of her work with the Congregation of Holy Cross, proposing some practical aspects of a vocation for Holy Cross education.
The Future of Catholic Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities
The presentation situates Catholic colleges and universities within the present culture of the United States. It also describes three typical ways of thinking of the shape of a university and chooses one as the best guarantee for fidelity to the Catholic intellectual tradition and the nature of a university. Finally, it will focus on several challenges Catholic higher education faces today and offers ways to respond to those challenges.
Cultivating Faith in Young Adults
Current data on trends toward agnosticism, atheism and religious disaffiliation is compelling, fascinating, and deeply challenging for religious leaders who want to be effective in transmitting faith to succeeding generations and cultivating mature, adult faith in its members. It is a clarion call for greater understanding and innovative approaches to prioritize and engage young adults in their inchoate spiritual and religious hunger. There are important signs of vitality and proven strategies of successful young adult and campus ministry efforts that give rise to hope. This session will life up eight principle insights that can help redress the trend of young adults to eschew religion altogether or to drift and disaffiliate from their religious upbringing.
Everyone Leads: Forging a New Culture for a VUCA World
Chris Lowney, author of the book Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church, will explore some leadership implications for schools and other faith-based institutions who confront an increasingly complex, uncertain, and difficult operating environment. He will challenge our intuitive assumptions about leadership, and will invite each of us to create cultures in our institutions where each person feels they have a leadership opportunity and responsibility as the team together navigates this confusing world.
Mending The Human Family: Reconciliation and The Role of The Catholic Church
Our Lord Jesus Christ's last prayer and desire before His Bitter Passion was that we "all may be one." (Jn 17:21) How can we witness our faith amidst the evil of racism? How should we treat one another and cultivate inclusion and diversity during these turbulent times? Gloria Purvis shares insights on how to foster this communion and preemptively address prejudice, bigotry and racism at the individual, cultural and structural levels of our society in light of our Catholic faith.
Hiring, DEI and the Role of Theology
Fr. Heft will engage with the Catholic higher education community to address the challenges to institutionalizing the mission: understanding the Catholic mission intellectually, finding ways to balance mission and diversity in hiring practices, addressing directly the misconception that Catholicism is anti-intellectual, and building bridges between faculty in the humanities and the professions. Although these challenges are formidable, Heft will explore how they can be met by a more deliberate process for hiring faculty, by creative approaches to faculty research and curricular designs, and by establishing degree programs that are rooted in Catholic Social Teaching.
Elevating Mission Leadership in Holy Cross Schools
Although the president and principal in secondary schools have typically shared the responsibility for maintaining the identity of the founding religious order and fostering the school’s spiritual capital, some scholars determined that sustaining the school’s unique charism requires more focused attention. This presentation will dive into the ways in which schools can leverage various leadership roles to act as Chief Mission Officers for their schools.
Holy Cross in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, the Church is an extremely small percentage of the people in an overwhelmingly Muslim country. One means of evangelizing for the Church is through education, which Holy Cross is famous for. Through this presentation, my audience will come to know about the heroic witness of the Holy Cross men and women in Bangladesh.
The Transformative Power of the Latino Community
This session will focus on the Catholic School Advantage and ensuring that all Latino children benefit fully from the advantages of a Catholic education, but more importantly, this session will focus on Catholic schools and the Church and the ways in which they stand to be transformed by Latino families and the gifts they bring to our communities. This session will address clear ways to embrace the universality of the Church by increasing Latino enrollment, ways to educate culturally and linguistically diverse children through excellent academic formation, and avenues for empowering all Catholic school stakeholders through the celebration of faith, language, and culture. Specifically, we will share the incredible story of Holy Grade School which has seen tremendous growth by tapping into the transformative power of its surrounding Latino community.
How a Classroom Can Become a Laboratory for Democracy
The discussion will focus on engaging students in both theoretical and practical problem-solving. The discussion will center on the development and implementation of public policy laboratory that takes real world social justice problems and seeks to identify policymakers to solve the problems.
Meaningful Inclusion for All: The Theology and Pragmatics of Serving Students with Disabilities in Catholic Schools
This session with Dr. Faggella-Luby will orient participants to how Catholic Social Teaching supports greater inclusion of students with disabilities in Catholic schools and counter five common inclusion myths. To illustrate the applied nature of improved service delivery, Dr. Faggella-Luby will use a literacy lens aligned to the learning science of reading instruction as a means of sharing five priority instructional practices that can be applied in K-12 schools and at home to support literacy skill development.
When the Leader Becomes the Student: Building Culturally Safe Spaces through humility
In this breakout session, Dr. James Knight will share his findings from his research and the implications around the importance of cultural humility and how humility can effectively build culturally rich and safe environments where everyone can thrive and bring their authentic selves.
Engaging the Faith of Catholic High School Students
The Encountering Jesus textbook series from Ave Maria Press provides the depth and breadth of content using pedagogical approaches that encourage and assess reading while engaging the students in faith. As we prepare for the new iteration of texts and other resources to serve the next generation of Catholic high school students and teachers, we will share our progress and ask for your input on what new elements and media would be beneficial. We are also exploring an idea to foster ongoing evangelizing catechesis. We’d love to have your input on that as well.
Bringing Hope: Strategies for Fundraising in New and Challenging Times
The fundamental principle of successful fundraising is building trusting and caring relationships. Employing a combination of concepts and case studies we'll explore how even amidst the pandemic, there are exciting opportunities for even small schools to build thriving major gift programs.
Our room block are available at these four hotels.
1) Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown
500 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78701
2) Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown
78 East Avenue, Austin TX 78701
3) Holiday Inn : Austin-Town Lake
20 North Ih-35, Austin, Texas 78701
4) DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Austin
303 West 15th Street Austin, TX 78701
There will be a Shuttle Loop for picking up attendees from the four designated hotels. The Shuttle Loops will begin at Holiday Inn : Austin-Town Lake, then proceed to Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown, and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Austin in order. There will be three loops for the morning pick-up, with the first beginning at 7:00am, the second loop starting at 7:30am, and the third loop starting at 8:15am. Each loop will begin at Holiday Inn : Austin-Town Lake and complete the loop to campus, and then will repeat. Since traffic and loading times are unpredictable, please be flexible and expect a possible wait-time of 10-20minutes for the shuttle to loop around to each hotel. Our apologies for any inconvenience as we are experiencing a busy weekend in Austin.
In the afternoon, the shuttle will begin at 3:30pm on Friday and 3:00pm on Saturday starting on campus.
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