Catholic Education Foundation

A national, grass-roots effort to preserve and expand Catholic elementary and secondary schools.

Dear Friends and Supporters of CEF:

Welcome to our website and to the family of supporters of Catholic schools in our nation and beyond.

As I pen this message, I still have fresh in my memory data from the most recent attitudinal and behavioral survey on the results of Catholic schooling (“Catholics in America”), which demonstrates clearly that attendance at our schools continues to have a major impact on future commitment to Catholic practice, especially in terms of identification with the Church, participation in Sunday Mass, and thinking with the Church on key aspects of doctrine and morality.

Since assuming this position, it has been my top priority to develop programs geared toward heightening the “Catholicity quotient” of our schools.  Needless to say, I was delighted to learn of a seminar offered at The Catholic University of America this fall dealing with this precise concern.  At CEF, we have been providing workshops for Catholic school faculties (and indeed, for entire dioceses) on ways to increase the Catholic identity of our institutions; we have available a seminar for priests to aid them in becoming the powerful and energizing presence and influence in our schools that they need to be; we have developed an instrument to assess Catholic identity, which likewise gives follow-up recommendations for improvement (for further information on this, click on “projects”).  Another service of ours is our quarterly on-line publication, The Catholic Educator, which receives rave reviews from as far away as India and Kenya!

Every two years, we sponsor a professional day for high school teachers (although elementary teachers also find value in the offerings).  Leaders in the Catholic educational community share their insights with enthusiastic practitioners in the field.  DVDs of this year’s symposium are available for purchase – a handy tool to bring high-powered speakers to your faculty without the expense of travel.

I hope that you will be a frequent visitor to our website and that you will take advantage of the many opportunities given here.  Feel free to give me your suggestions or comments by calling me at: 732-914-1222 or by email at:

As I thank you for your commitment to the inestimable treasure of Catholic education, I ask for your prayers that the Lord would continue to bless CEF’s efforts to advance this cause of ours, which is nothing less than the advancement of His Kingdom in our midst.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
Executive Director

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Rev. Peter M.J Stravinskas
Executive Director, CEF

The Catholic Educator Magazine

Quarterly Journal of the Catholic Education Foundation

The Catholic Identity Assessment

Quarterly Journal of the Catholic Education Foundation

Catholic Education Foundation
601 Buhler Court
Pine Beach, New Jersey 08741
(732) 903-5213


The Catholic Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 national non-profit organization formed to ensure a brighter future for Catholic education in the United States.