The Journal of Catholic Education (formerly Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice) is an open access journal representing Catholic colleges and universities, Catholic education leaders, and scholars from a variety of disciplines who are collectively committed to contributing research and encouraging best practice in Catholic elementary, secondary, and higher education by advancing the field of Catholic educational research.


The Journal of Catholic Education is a refereed, open access, online journal that promotes and disseminates scholarship about the purposes, practices, and issues in Catholic education at all levels.

Governing Board

  • Boston College
  • Catholic University of America
  • Creighton University
  • DePaul University
  • Fordham University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Marquette University
  • Marywood University
  • Seton Hall University
  • St. Catharine College
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Portland
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • Villanova University

Current Issue: Volume 18, Issue 2 (2015)

Editors' Commentary


Editors' Introduction
Mary K. McCullough, Karen Huchting, and Martin Scanlan



The Friendship Journey: Developing Global Understanding in the Middle Grades
Kevin D. Besnoy, Ellen Maddin, Emily Steele, and Sara Eisenhardt


Catalyst Schools: The Catholic Ethos and Public Charter Schools
Rebecca A. Proehl PhD, Heather Starnes MA, and Shirley Everett MBA

Focus Section Articles

Book Reviews

Supplementary Resources