Panel Discussion & Fundraising Event
America’s vast parochial school system was envisioned by Catholic clergy, built by religious sisters, and sustained by generous laity. It has been called a “wonder of the world.” Today, religious disaffiliation, economic challenges, and declining vocations have radically changed – and threatened -- the future of Catholic education in the United States. But there are signs of hope. Join us on April 26 to hear from 3 Catholic school leaders about their visions of Catholic education, the role of clergy and seminaries, and the renewal of American Catholic education.RSVP Today
Executive Director, The Catholic Schools Foundation
Mike Reardon has been the Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation in Boston since 2006. In this role he is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation, including raising in excess of $12,000,000 in annual support, management of a $110,000,000 endowment and distribution of approximately $14,000,000 a year in grants.
Mike has spent his entire career working with and in Catholic schools as an employee, a funder, and a consultant.
Mike attended Catholic Schools his entire life from first grade through college. He currently lives in Milton and all four of his children attend, will attend, or graduated from Catholic schools.
Founder and President, Chesterton Academy of Our Lady of Hope
Michael and his wife Laurie have lived in Jamestown, Rhode Island, for 30 years and are parents of 5 children and grandparents of 4. All children attended the Seton Home Study School.
Michael received his B.S. in Resource Development and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. During his career, he helped start several companies in industries that ranged from manufacturing to online marketing and sold his most recent business in 2016. Michael is a trustee of St. Mark Church in Jamestown, RI, and has served on various boards, including Magdalen College, The Mother of Life Center, and St. Edmund's Retreat Center.
In March 2022, an agreement was signed with the Chesterton Schools Network to open the first Chesterton Academy in New England. The school opens its doors in August 2023 in Warwick, RI.
Headmaster, St. Benedict Classical Academy
Jay Boren has served as the Headmaster of St. Benedict Classical Academy since 2015. Originally from Mobile, Alabama he served as a high school teacher of Theology and History as well as football and softball coach at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School for eleven years. He also served as an Assistant Athletic Director at McGill.
Jay earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Philosophy from St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana. He has also earned a M.A. in Liberal Arts from Spring Hill College and an Ed.S. in Catholic School Leadership from Seton Hall University. He currently lives in Millis, MA with his wife, Katie, and their four children.
Fr. Peter Stamm
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