What is CatholicLink?

CatholicLink is an innovative partnership with a purpose to advance Catholic education in the greater Green Bay area. The Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) school system, Notre Dame Academy (NDA) and St. Norbert College (SNC) joined forces in 2014 to create this partnership, which still flourishes. Pictured, from left to right, are Kim Desotell, GRACE President; Sr. Pat Clement, Notre Dame Academy interim president; and Brian Bruess, St. Norbert College President

The goals of CatholicLink are to increase enrollment and retain talented faculty and staff in Catholic schools in the greater Green Bay area. The spectrum of the Green Bay area’s faith-based excellence in teaching and learning is comprised by these partners:

Combining Bishop David Ricken’s support with the strong commitment from SNC President Brian Bruess, former NDA President Kevin Shaw and GRACE President Kim Desotell, CatholicLink’s momentum continues to propose success as a trendsetting organization in the nation. View Bishop Ricken’s Letter of Support

CatholicLink has identified three focus areas where, by working together, partners can positively impact their ability to deliver world-class Catholic education. The three focus areas are:

Leadership Development: CatholicLink has developed and launched the alpha pilot of CatholicLeader Academy, a faith-based program to develop mission-driven leaders and teams that are changing minds, hearts and lives.

Sharing Our Story: CatholicLink is developing a data-backed marketing playbook that effectively communicates the value of Catholic education to drive enrollment growth.

Envisioning the Future: CatholicLink has developed a team that is identifying and understanding trends that will impact the future of Catholic education, as well as using design thinking to address those trends with innovative solutions.

Look for updates soon regarding all three of CatholicLink’s exciting programs!

What is CatholicLink? – The Video

CatholicLink Benefits

In support of CatholicLink goals, the following benefits are offered to those working within Catholic schools:

  • 50% tuition waiver for employees’ children
  • Expertise in admissions, marketing, fundraising, alumni relations, athletics and professional education
  • $5,000 stipend for St. Norbert College graduates who teach at Notre Dame Academy or GRACE for three consecutive years

An additional benefit of the CatholicLink partnership is the extension of the CatholicLink tuition discount to benefit-eligible employees from the 23 affiliated parishes.

GRACE teacher Taylor Baltus (pictured), a St. Norbert College graduate who works at St. Bernard Catholic School, received a $5,000 grant in 2019 for her dedication to Catholic education. It was the second year grants were presented. The inaugural grant awardees in 2018 included Margaret Hogan, GRACE-St. John the Baptist Catholic School; Miranda VandenBoomen, GRACE-St. Bernard Catholic School; and Katie Summers, GRACE-Notre Dame of De Pere.

CatholicLeader Academy

CatholicLeader Academy, a comprehensive leadership development program to develop mission-driven leaders and teams, was launched in August 2019.

The outcomes and feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive, comparing it to some of the most widely recognized leadership development programs in the country. The program is expanding in August 2020 to welcome teams from CatholicLink partner schools as well as parish and school teams from across the Diocese of Green Bay. Within a 12-month period, CatholicLeader Academy will be rolled out to welcome all members of the pilot parish and school teams into CatholicLeader Academy.

Please click HERE for more about CatholicLeader Academy.

CatholicLink Society

The CatholicLink Society is comprised of individuals who have attended two of the three CatholicLink institutions as part of their educational journey. In addition, a special and unique segment of the CatholicLink Society are Trifectas, who represent those who have graduated from all three CatholicLink institutions: GRACE, NDA and SNC.

These honorees are recognized through this Society for their commitment to Catholic education.

If you or someone you know is part of the CatholicLink Society and has not yet been recognized, please email CatholicLink at mary.schaupp@snc.edu.

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The Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) system includes nine schools providing excellence in preschool through eighth-grade education and serves the 23 Catholic parishes within the Greater Green Bay community. GRACE schools range in offerings and locations, and each has its own distinct history, focus and parish connections. GRACE is one of the largest Catholic school systems in the state of Wisconsin. www.gracesystem.org

Notre Dame Academy

Notre Dame Academy, the premier Catholic high school in Green Bay, embraces more than 120 years of educational excellence. The caring, faith-filled environment welcomes students from across the region and the world through its international program. Notre Dame Academy students hold a 99% college admission and attendance rate. www.notredameacademy.com

St. Norbert College

The only Norbertine college in the world, St. Norbert is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college devoted to the Norbertine traditions of community, prayer and service to others. Founded in 1898 by Abbot Bernard Pennings, the residential campus today serves about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the United States and more than 30 countries. The academic excellence of the college is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges. www.snc.edu

By coming together in dialogue we are finding ways to help one another in providing exceptional, faith-based, educational experiences for our students.” ~ Abbot Dane Radecki, O.Praem., former GRACE President and founding CatholicLink contributor

To see photos from the Spring 2019 CatholicLink meeting, please click here.

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CatholicLink News

CatholicLink Video – Spring 2017

CatholicLink Video – Spring 2015