On the Road with the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Cana Academy recently launched a collaborative relationship with one of the nation’s leading organizations helping to renew Catholic schools, the California-based Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE). As a first common work, Cana’s president Andrew Zwerneman will be part of the training team at the ICLE’s regional conference in Denver, Colorado, July 5-7. Zwerneman will lead a seminar on Flannery O’Connor’s short story Parker’s Back. He will also direct a workshop on How to Lead Great Discussions with Students.

Representatives of the two organizations have exchanged visits. In May, Zwerneman visited ICLE Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seeley at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, and ICLE President Michael Van Hecke at St. Augustine’s Academy in nearby Ventura.  

On June 1, Mary Pat Donoghue, ICLE Director of School Services, met with Zwerneman at Cana Academy’s headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Ms. Donoghue, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the former principal of St. Jerome’s Catholic School in Hyattsville, Maryland, and was responsible for leading the effort to transform St. Jerome’s into one of the country’s most heralded classical schools. She hopes to have the Cana team supporting her efforts to train teachers at a range of Catholic schools. She also intends on participating in a Cana Table Seminar.

The new relationship with the ICLE helps fulfill an important objective for Cana Academy. As Zwerneman explains it, “One of our first-year initiatives was to establish collaborative work with leaders in the classical education movement. We could not be happier than to be working with one of the top Catholic leaders, the ICLE.”

As Cana’s team works with the Institute as far away as Denver and as close by as the Cana seminar room in Falls Church, Zwerneman has high confidence that the joint effort will bear good fruit: “I know that alongside our friends at ICLE we are going to help build the best culture in Catholic schools.”