Center for Catholic Education


The Center for Catholic Education, in conjunction with the Aquinas College School of Education, serves Catholic elementary and secondary schools by providing spiritual and professional formation opportunities in the area of mission and Catholic identity.

About the Center

Formation may be given for faculty and staff members of individual schools or on a diocesan level. Sessions for those engaged in school leadership as well as presentations for parents are also available. Some of the topics listed are also suitable for either retreat or in-service formats.

We collaborate with the principals and/or superintendents to customize formation sessions by grouping topics in order to meet needs of content or length of sessions. Please contact us! If you have a need or interest that is not included in this list, we invite you to have a conversation with us.


Browse topics that have been presented through the Center for Catholic Education at Aquinas College.
St. Peter's Sr. Mary Christopher Church Documents
Recent Church documents on Catholic education may be directly accessed on this page. Also included are links to other websites of interest and to beneficial resources.
Sr Elizabeth Anne by Jeanne Marie Liggio Resources for Catholic Identity
The resources presented on this page have been developed by the Center for Catholic Education and may be reproduced for use by those involved in or interested in Catholic education.
Classroom Matthew Guinan Themes in Church Teachings on Education
There are many educational themes which are common to multiple Church documents. Clicking on the theme gives access to more than reference on that particular topic.


Meet the Staff

Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P., Ed.D.
Director, Center for Catholic Education

Ed.D., University of Memphis
M.Ed., University of Southern Mississippi
M.A., Notre Dame Pontifical Institute for Advanced Studies
M.A., Middle Tennessee State University



Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P., Ed.D. is a member of the faculty of the School of Education and Director of the Center for Catholic Education at Aquinas College. Her doctoral research concerns student perspectives of Catholic identity as it is expressed and lived out in their schools. Having served in the roles of teacher and administrator on the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels, Sister is passionate about the importance of teaching and is involved nationally with the professional formation of educators.


Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P., Ed.D.
Director, Center for Catholic Education at Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 297-7545 x471


Sr. John Thomas Armour, O.P.

Sister John Thomas Armour, O.P.
Director, Formation Programs

M.S., University of Tennessee
M.A., Augustine Institute (candidate)
B.A., University of Dallas

Sister John Thomas Armour, O.P. is the Director of Formation Programs at Aquinas College in Nashville, TN. She received Bachelors degrees in English and Theology from the University of Dallas and a Masters degree in English Education from the University of Tennessee and is currently completing a Masters in Theology from the Augustine Institute. Having served in retreat ministry and taught in parish and summer catechetical programs, in Level I Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and in middle and high school classrooms, Sister is excited to serve teachers and catechists through programs that offer both spiritual and professional formation.


Sister John Thomas Armour, O.P.
Director of Formation Programs
Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 297-7545 x532

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