NCEA Welcomes More Than 8,000 Catholic Educators to the NCEA 2017 Convention & Expo in St. Louis, April 18 – 20

Catholic school educators will gather for professional development, daily liturgies and opportunities to network, explore educational products, services and technology.

Arlington, VA — More than 8,000 Catholic school educators and administrators will join the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) at the NCEA 2017 Convention & Expo in St. Louis, MO, April 18 – 20. The Convention & Expo is being hosted by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

NCEA President/CEO Thomas Burnford says, “I can’t wait for Convention because I love greeting and meeting the thousands of wonderful Catholic school teachers from all over the country who come together at this unique event. These teachers and principals, with pastors and superintendents, are changing the lives of almost two million students every day — this is a big deal!”

Kurt Nelson, superintendent of Catholic Education, for the archdiocese is the head of the planning committee and says, “It is my pleasure to welcome all attendees to this year’s NCEA Convention, to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and to the City of St. Louis — all of which we trust will inspire and delight! Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are proud of our 200 years of providing education and inspiration. Today, our programs continue to explore and expand educational frontiers. We are honored to host our guests and provide a platform for sharing best practices and next practices in academics and faith formation.”

The keynote speaker is Jonathan Doyle, founder of Going Deeper, a weekly online staff formation program in Catholic identity and Catholic teaching on education. His topic is “Finding Purpose in the Education Vocation.” Jonathan is Australian and the Going Deeper program is used in more than 400 Catholic schools around the world. Over the last decade, he has spoken internationally to more than 300,000 people on topics related to leadership, education and peak performance. Going Deeper inspires, educates and challenges every Catholic teacher to deepen their personal faith and knowledge of Catholic teaching so they can fulfill their mission within Catholic education.

The NCEA Convention & Expo is the largest, private-education association gathering in the country. Participants come from many avenues of Catholic school education, including elementary and secondary school teachers, superintendents, principals, presidents and board members. The event features more than 250 professional development sessions, carefully prepared daily liturgies, networking opportunities and an Expo Hall showcasing more than 260 of the latest educational products and services. The preliminary program and Convention highlights are available online at

The Expo Hall will house relevant publications as well as cutting-edge technology. Also inside the Expo Hall, is the Play Zone pavilion, an interactive location where attendees can play golf, compete in a live math challenge or participate in an escape room! In addition, the Catholic Library Association is co-locating with NCEA at America’s Center over the same dates.

As part of the Convention festivities, the NCEA President’s Awards will be presented to five individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to Catholic education through innovation, advocacy, outreach and sheer dedication. Given in the names of past NCEA presidents, C. Albert Koob, Msgr. John F. Meyers, Leonard F. DeFiore, Dr. Karen M. Ristau and Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ, the 2017 honorees embody change and inspiration to further the mission of Catholic education. A special award banquet will be held on Monday, April 17. The list of awardees  can be viewed online.

At an award dinner on Tuesday, April 18, NCEA will honor 41 individuals and organizations with the Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award for their staunch commitment to excellence in Catholic school education. The honorees include distinguished teachers, principals, pastors, presidents, superintendents and organizations that demonstrate a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, dedication and results. A complete list of awardees  is available online.

NOTE: Press credentials will be issued to accredited media. Interested press must contact NCEA Public Relations Manager Margaret Kaplow, in advance of the conference, at or 571-206-1533. Advance and onsite interviews will be available upon request.


Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is a professional membership organization that assists its members to fulfill their teaching mission of the Church and to lead, learn and proclaim the good news of Catholic school education. For more information, visit