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UPDATE: NCEA Announces Outstanding Catholic Education Leaders to Be Honored at the 25th Annual Seton Awards Gala


WASHINGTON, DC --(Marketwired - September 18, 2015) - The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) will honor individuals and organizations with the NCEA Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award on October 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The Seton Award celebrates the honorees' lifelong devotion to Catholic education.

"Outstanding support and service to Catholic education in communities throughout the country is alive and well," said NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte. "Tonight's exceptional honorees are among the champions serving our nation's youth and proclaiming the good news of Catholic education. This 25th Anniversary of the Seton Awards is a landmark event for our members as NCEA continues to recognize distinguished individuals and organizations within our Catholic communities who emulate Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton's dedication to Catholic education."

Named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, in recognition of her lifelong dedication to teaching and children, the Seton Award is presented annually to individuals and organizations whose support and service impacts Catholic education and the well-being of our nation's youth. In addition, Seton honorees have a scholarship presented in their honor to a deserving Catholic school student in their local community.

The 2015 NCEA Seton Award Honorees include:

The Archdiocese of Washington: From the first mass held in the original 13 colonies in 1634 on St. Clement's Island in St. Mary's County to today's more than 620,000 Catholics, 95 Catholic schools and over 27,000 Catholic school students, the Archdiocese of Washington embraces a range of vital services. The Archdiocese also is one of the largest private social service providers in the region with Catholic Charities, Victory Housing and the Spanish Catholic Center, delivering counseling, shelter, adoption and foster care assistance, health care, immigration and legal aid, affordable housing and more to thousands through archdiocesan staff and volunteers.

Robert B. Catell: Chairman, Futures In Education which supports Catholic Education in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens; and Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, which provides quality college preparatory education to inner city youngsters. Mr. Catell is recognized as single-handily providing quality Catholic education to thousands of youngsters throughout New York City. He is also a board member of Tomorrow's Hope, which supports Catholic education in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. His passion and support for Catholic education today serves to ensure it for future generations.

H. Edward and Ellen Hanway: Chairman, Faith In The Future Foundation, Mr. Hanway and his wife Ellen's vision has brought new life to quality education, identity and culture in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Hanways have focused on supporting Catholic school students and have been instrumental in helping disadvantaged students who desire a Catholic education.

Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde: Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, Bishop Loverde has dedicated himself and steered the diocese to focus on education, charity and addressing the multicultural needs of our area. Bishop Loverde considers his responsibility to the diocese to be his "duty and calling by God to encourage and teach the Faith to those who need it, with the gentle patience that each of God's children may need."

The University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE): For more than 20 years, ACE founders, Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C. and Rev. Sean McGraw C.S.C., have worked extensively to build upon the work they began in 1993 to strengthen Catholic schools with a group of forty young, highly-talented new teachers. Now, with an array of initiatives focused on recruiting and forming the next generation of Catholic school teachers and leaders, expanding access to families who desire a Catholic education, enhancing Catholic school operational vitality, and building a field of Catholic educational research, ACE's graduates and programs have reached 70% of US dioceses, 412 Catholic schools, and more than 180,000 children.

NCEA President's Award Honoree:

Mary Jane Krebbs, Ph.D.: Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Education at St. John's University and Executive Director and Chair of the Institute for Catholic Schools. Dr. Krebbs' 40 years of service in Catholic education has been the hallmark of professional development and partnerships with Catholic school higher education to train principals and teachers. Dr. Krebbs is a gifted educator and speaker who has influenced Catholic education throughout the United States.

The NCEA Seton honorees will be honored at the 25th Annual Seton Awards Gala at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2015. For more information, visit: To obtain press credentials, please contact NCEA Public Relations Manager Margaret Kaplow at

NCEA, founded in 1904, is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the church. For more information, visit:


NCEA Contact Information
Margaret Kaplow
Public Relations Manager
Phone: (571) 206-1533

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