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WISE Conference

Tuesday, June 25Friday, June 28

Event: 4th Annual WISE Conference at Aquinas College
Date:   June 25-28, 2019
Place:  Aquinas College, Nashville

The WISE Conference is an educator formation initiative sponsored by the Center for Catholic Education at Aquinas College.

Participation in the 4th Annual WISE Conference will provide an opportunity for Catholic school principals, vice principals, pastors, teachers, parents, and board members to deepen their understanding of the unique nature and mission of the Catholic school.

What educators learn and experience through WISE helps them to assess the depth and expressions of Catholic Identity in their own school communities and to understand how their mission as educators impacts the total school community.

Who Attends WISE?

Catholic school superintendents, principals, vice principals, pastors, teachers, board members, parents, and staff! Teams of three from each participating school are recommended. A school may however send as few as one delegate. The program is limited to 25 participants.



Participants of the 3rd Annual WISE Conference at Aquinas College.


Draft Schedule

Tuesday, June 25

1:00      Arrival and check-in begin
3:00      Orientation and Introductions
3:30      Session 1: Mission and Vision: Making it Happen!
4:30      Break
5:00      Session 2: On a Mission from God
6:00      Vespers and rosary
6:30      Reception and dinner
7:30      Discussion
8:15      Compline

Wednesday, June 26

8:00      Morning Prayer
8:20      Breakfast
9:00      Session 1: Elements of Catholic Identity
Inspired by a Supernatural Vision
               Founded on Christian Anthropology
10:00     Break
10:15     Session 2: Elements of Catholic Identity
Animated by a Spirit of Community and Communion
11:15      Break
11:30      Session 3: Elements of Catholic Identity
 Imbued with a Catholic Worldview
12:15      Mass
1:00        Lunch
1:45        Session 4: Elements of Catholic Identity
         Sustained by Gospel Witness
2:45        Break
3:30        Travel to Saint Cecilia Motherhouse
4:00        Tour of Motherhouse
4:30        Exposition/adoration
5:00        Vespers and rosary
5:30        Supper
6:40        Spiritual reading, Night prayers, Compline
7:15        Guest lecture

Thursday, June 27: Retreat Day!

8:00        Morning Prayer
8:20        Breakfast
9:00        Leave for Bethany Retreat House
10:15      Orientation
10:30      Conference 1
11:15      Break
11:30      Mass
12:30      Lunch
1:30        Conference 2
2:30        Exposition, confessions available
3:15        Vespers, Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Depart: Free night in Nashville, on your own

Friday, June 28

8:00       Morning Prayer
8:20       Mass
9:00       Breakfast
Pack lunch
10:00     Panel Presentation
11:00     Closing prayer


Siena Hall at Aquinas College.

Our conference will be held at Aquinas College’s Siena Hall. Though just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, the College is surrounded by 83 acres of sprawling natural beauty.

  • Siena Hall is a spacious, new facility which opened in 2016. The Hall is dedicated in honor of St. Catherine of Siena, a fourteenth century Dominican and Doctor of the Church.
  • Bedrooms are single occupancy with a shared, conjoining bath. Each room is equipped with a desk, chair, dresser, and wardrobe.
  • Siena Hall contains an Oratory for private prayer. The Corpus Christi Adoration Chapel is a brief walk from Siena Hall.
  • Common areas and classrooms provide spaces for study, discussion, and presentations
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • In-room temperature controlled AC/heat
  • Free parking
  • Within walking distance to various restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses


Tuesday, June 25
Friday, June 28
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Center for Catholic Education
615-297-7545 x471


Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205 United States
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(615) 297-7545