NCEA Congratulates the 2021 Honorees of the Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards

Outstanding leaders in Catholic education to be honored during the national convention, NCEA 2021.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) announces nine recipients of the 2021 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award (LLP). This award highlights the outstanding work being done in Catholic education communities across the country. This year the honored individuals are educators, principals and pastors entrusted with the faith formation of our Catholic school communities.

"Catholic schools offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence," said NCEA Interim President/CEO Kathy Mears. "We draw on the Church’s long tradition of educating the whole person: mind, body and spirit. This is done as a community pursuing faith, truth, beauty, goodness, wisdom and virtue. These leaders are the core of our Catholic school education system and serve as inspiration to all of us working within the framework of Catholic education."

NCEA will recognize these esteemed awardees of the 2021 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award with a virtual tribute each day of NCEA 2021, April 6 - 8.

The 2021 LLP Award recipients:


Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, Union Catholic High School, Archdiocese of Newark

Deacon Lawrence Houston, St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, Archdiocese of New Orleans

Providencia Quiles, Nazareth Regional High School, Diocese of Brooklyn


Naomi Kerns, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Diocese of Boise

Father Richard Millbourn, S.J., Saint Xavier High School, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Kelly Thompson, Saint Ambrose Catholic School, Diocese of Cleveland


Father Daniel F. X. Powell, Saint John Neumann Catholic School, Diocese of Harrisburg

Father Brent Shelton, Saint Mary Parish and School, Diocese of Knoxville

Father Joseph Tizio, C.Ss.R., Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Archdiocese of Boston

View the complete biographies of the 2021 LLP Award recipients online.

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