Catholic Conference of Ohio
Saturday, March 24, 2018

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 of Ohio's Education Associate Testifies on Budget Bill

Larry Keough offers input on issues impacting Catholic Students and Schools

The Conference calls for increased support for the auxiliary services and administrative cost reimbursement programs, as well as scholarship programs.

In Ohio there are 376 Catholic schools enrolling more than 118,000 students. Catholic and other chartered nonpublic schools save the taxpayers of Ohio millions of dollars in educational costs that the state would pay if these students were attending public schools.

General Assembly enacts helpful provisions impacting Catholic school students

Lame Duck session in December, 2016, very busy

  • Posted: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Categories: Education

Education related legislation addressed drug prevention, kindergarten readiness assessments, administration of the ACT/SAT, substitute end-of-course exams, biliteracy, school security, EDChoice scholarship clarifications, participation in athletics and other contests, licensure, and college credit plus.

Start Talking!

Resources to help talk about the importance of living healthy, drug free lives

An effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug use among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Start Talking! gives parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

Children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are up to 50% less likely to use.

Start Talking! website

Catholic Statements on the Education of Children

  • Posted: Jan. 19, 2016
  • Categories: Education

"Parents—the first and most important educators—have a fundamental right to choose the education best suited to the needs of their children, including public, private and religious schools.

Catholic schools provide young people with sound Church teaching through a broad-based curriculum, where faith and culture are intertwined in all areas of a school's life.


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