NCEA Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award recognizes educational leadership

February 25, 2018

Louis P. De Angelo, Ed.D., secretary of education and superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Wilmington, will receive the 2018 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award from the National Catholic Educational Association for dedication and commitment to excellence.

Dr. Louis P. De Angelo was chosen from more than 150,000 teachers and administrators, as well as diocesan leaders and organizations dedicated to the nation's Catholic schools. De Angelo will be recognized during the annual NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo that will take place April 3-5 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The annual award honors those whose ministry is Catholic school education, and who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, dedication and results.

"The Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore is blessed by Lou De Angelo's ministry," said the Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, bishop of Wilmington. "On behalf of all of us in the Diocese of Wilmington, I congratulate him on this well-deserved honor."

"It takes dedicated people in the schools, the dioceses, the parishes and the communities to carry out the mission of faith formation in Catholic schools. They are the living messengers of God's purpose from generation to generation," said Barbara McGraw Edmondson, Ed.D., NCEA chief leadership and program officer.

"Ministering in Catholic education has invited me to journey with others to encounter Jesus Christ. What a gift I have received; what an opportunity I have been given," said De Angelo.

De Angelo has held the positions of secretary of education and superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Wilmington since November 2012. De Angelo had been an assistant superintendent in the Diocese since 2007. Before coming to Wilmington, he served as director of curriculum and instruction K-12 and staff development for the Archdiocesan Schools in Philadelphia. He has been a principal, teacher and college professor. DeAngelo earned a doctorate from Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pa., a master's in education from Temple University in Philadelphia and a bachelor's in Secondary Social Studies from La Salle College in Philadelphia.

NCEA's convention, held this year in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is the largest private education association gathering in the country. It draws participants from all facets of Catholic education, including elementary and secondary schools and religious education programs. The event features professional development sessions, liturgies and an exhibition of educational products and services. For more information, visit:

Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is a professional membership organization that assists its members to fulfill their teaching mission of the Church and to lead, learn and proclaim the good news of Catholic school education. For more information, visit

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland's Eastern Shore. There are approximately 9,800 students attending Catholic schools in the Diocese. The Diocese will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a year-long celebration beginning March 3, 2018. Information is available at