For the past decade, Marymount University has been providing Catholic school educators with the knowledge and skills necessary for Catholic school leadership. The University’s Master of Education in Administration and Supervision (with the focus on Catholic school leadership) is a two-year, primarily online program with a two-week campus residency each summer. Because of the online format, the program draws educators from across the nation. This year the two cohorts (first-year and second-year students) include teachers and administrators from Alabama, California, Illinois, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. That’s in addition to 15 from the Diocese of Arlington.
The diocese is also represented in the program faculty. Father Paul F. deLadurantaye, diocesan secretary for religious education and sacred liturgy, has long taught in the program, and David E. Conroy, Jr., principal of All Saints Catholic School in Manassas, is new to the faculty this year. Sister Patricia Helene Earl, I.H.M., director of the program, credits the Diocese of Arlington with helping to establish this successful initiative.
In addition to developing competencies in educational leadership, the program focuses on Church history, teachings, and moral perspectives, while encouraging participants’ own faith and spiritual growth.
Sr. Patricia Helene points out, “As a Catholic school administrator, you’re not only the educational and managerial leader, you’re also the spiritual leader of the school. You create the atmosphere that encourages faith formation in the students and the faculty; you maintain the traditions, as well.”
St. Augustine wrote, “O Lord, our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.” Sr. Patricia Helene believes, “As long as we have this hunger for Christ in our hearts, parents will seek Catholic schools to help their children develop the faith dimension of their lives.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Father Paul F. deLadurantaye (right forefront), secretary for religious education and sacred liturgy in the Diocese of Arlington , and Father David Sharland, Y.A., director of Marymount’s Campus Ministry, concelebrate Mass in the University’s Ballston Center Chapel at the start of the Administration and Supervision program’s on-campus summer session.