Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Education Department - Catholic Conference of Ohio

About the Education Department

The Catholic Conference of Ohio's Department on Education serves those involved in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, religious education, youth and young adult ministry, and college campus ministry. Those meeting as groups on a regular basis include the Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry, the Diocesan Directors of Religious Education, Superintendents of Schools, and Diocesan Directors of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Each of these groups uses the Conference as a forum for planning, discussion, cooperative action and professional growth.

Catholic Conference Issues State Budget Recommendations

Issues Identified for Support in Conference Committee

HB 49, the state budget bill, is now in conference committee.  The committee has until June 30, 2017 to finalize the budget recommendations.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio called attention to three specific areas:

  • Our strong support for programs that assist the poor and vulnerable:

  • Our strong support for programs that protect and defend all human life from conception to natural death;

  • Our strong support for programs that help Catholic school students

Specific Conference Committee Recommendations
Contact Information

Chairmen from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Raise Concerns over Proposed Federal Budget

The moral measure of the federal budget is how well it promotes the common good of all, especially the most vulnerable

President Trump's proposed budget calls for a sharp increase in military spending while making significant cuts across much of the rest of government, including reductions in many long-standing federal programs that assist the poor and vulnerable.

In letters to both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, the bishops reaffirmed the federal budget as a moral document containing profound implications for the common good of our nation and world. The letter states that the "budget requires difficult decisions that ought to be guided by moral criteria that protect human life and dignity, give central importance to 'the least of these' (Matthew 25), and promote the welfare of workers and families who struggle to live in dignity."

"Sharp increases in defense and immigration enforcement spending, coupled with simultaneous and severe reductions to non-defense discretionary spending, particularly to many domestic and international programs that assist the most vulnerable, would be profoundly troubling.  Such deep cuts would pose a threat to the security of our nation and world, and would harm people facing dire circumstances. When the impact of other potential legislative proposals, including health care and tax policies, are taken into account, the prospects for vulnerable people become even bleaker." 

The letter was signed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chairman, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Chairman, Committee on International Justice and Peace, Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, Chairman, Committee on Catholic Education, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, of Burlington, Chairman, Committee on Communications, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman, Committee on Migration. 

The full text of the letter sent to the U.S. Senate/U.S. House of Representatives is available at:  

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/federal-budget/letter-to-congress-on-fy-2018-federal-budget-2017-05-19.cfm

Catholic Conference of Ohio Issues Action Alerts on Pending State Legislation

Issues Address the State Budget, Unborn Protection, Death Penalty, and Catholic Education

Budget Alert: Health and Human Services Issues pending in Senate

Budget Alert: Catholic Education Issues pending in Senate

Unborn Protection Alert regarding legislation that treats fetal remains with respect and further protects unborn children

Death Penalty Alert regarding legislation that will prohibit persons with serious mental illness from being executed

Catholic Principals Encouraged to Invite their Elected Officials to Visit their School

  • Posted: Mar. 28, 2017
  • Categories: Education

Inviting legislators into Catholic schools provides an opportunity for elected officials to see -- firsthand – the many ways our schools serve students and their families and make a difference in local communities.  It is also an opportunity to share how state-funded programs benefit students. 

Many Catholic students participate in programs such as the EdChoice, EdChoice Expansion, Cleveland, Autism, and Jon Peterson Scholarship Programs.  Student services and resources are utilized through Auxiliary Services, while Administrative Cost Reimbursement funds are reinvested into the school for the betterment students.

Hosting a Legislative Visit (PDF)
Legislative Agenda 2017: Catholic Schools (PDF)

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State Scholarship Programs

Learn about the various Scholarship Programs available to Catholic Schools in Ohio.

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The Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association

Department Contacts

Larry Keough
Associate Director, Department on Education

Convenes and staffs the Superintendents of Catholic Schools and Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Directors

Superintendents of Schools
Chair: Mary Fiala, Diocese of Youngstown

Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Chair: Sean Reynolds, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Department Contacts

Theresa Bowser
Director, OCSAA

Convenes and staffs the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association (OCSAA)

Chair: Joe Brettnacher, Diocese of Columbus

Department Contacts

Carolyn Jurkowitz
Director, Catholic Conference of Ohio

Convenes and staffs the Directors of Religious Education and Campus Ministry

Directors of Religious Education
Chair: David McCutchen, Diocese of Toledo

Campus Ministry Directors:
Chair: Ellen O'Shaughnessy, The Downtowners Ecumenical Campus Ministry