SJU Honors Leaders, Tackles Issues in Catholic Education

Lecture and Awards Ceremony Highlight Catholic Schools Week

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (January 14, 2014) — In recognition of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 26-Feb. 1), Saint Joseph’s University’s Center for Catholic and Urban Education (CCUE) will host a lecture and awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Wolfington Teletorium of Mandeville Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A reception will precede the event at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and regional educational community. For more information and registration, visit

Lorraine A. Ozar, Ph.D., director of the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness
at Loyola University Chicago will present, “The Uncommon Core: The Heart of Catholic Education and the Common Core Standards.” The lecture will address the current debate in education about the adoption of the Common Core Standards and how Catholic schools are implementing them. The Center for Catholic School Effectiveness has taken the lead in this debate by establishing the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII).

"Catholic schools have been noted for their rigor and excellent outcomes,” says Anne Marie Borneman, Ed.D., director of the CCUE. “With the Common Core Standards these results will now be viewed on a national platform. The Catholic adaption of the Common Core should affect their national academic performance.”

In addition to the lecture, SJU will honor three leaders in Catholic education:

Dolores Egner, S.S.J., principal of Visitation BVM School; Jane Field, S.S.J., assistant principal of Visitation BVM School; and Victoria Kim Flaville ’00 (MBA), senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Connelly Foundation.

Sr. Dolores and Sr. Jane lead the largest Latino Catholic school in the archdiocese in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. They will be honored with the Robert Molyneux, S.J., Award, given each year to an urban educator who has made exceptional advances in innovation and efficacy for Catholic schools.

Flaville will receive the Ratio Studiorum Award, given each year to someone who has offered exceptional leadership with collaborative efforts to improve educational systems and make a contribution in keeping Catholic education competitive.

“Sisters Egner and Field have offered a comprehensive and creative curriculum in Kensington, making a deep impact on the educational opportunities available to families in one of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods,” says Daniel Joyce, S.J. ’88, assistant to the vice president for mission and identity and a senior fellow with the CCUE. “And Flaville, through her more than two decades with the Connelly Foundation, has implemented some of the most innovative curriculum enrichment programs and strategies in regional schools.”

About the Center for Catholic and Urban Education: The CCUE is a division of the Educational Leadership Institute of Saint Joseph’s University and is dedicated to the ongoing existence and sustainability of Catholic schools in urban areas. The Center champions Catholic education as an essential option for families committed to a values-based, quality schooling for their children. The CCUE is committed to continuing to provide a regular forum for communication, best practices and resource development for Catholic schools. 

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