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Fr. Cleo Milano, pastor from our Lady of Mercy Church and School, in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, will receive the 2019 Lead. Learn. Proclaim (LLP) Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for dedication and commitment to excellence in Catholic education.


Father Cleo was chosen from more than 150,000 teachers and administrators, as well as diocesan leaders and organizations dedicated to the nation’s Catholic schools. Father Cleo will be recognized during the annual NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo that will take place April 23 – 25 in Chicago. The annual award honors those whose ministry is Catholic school education and who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional efforts, dedication and achievements. 


“The LLP award is a celebration of all that is good in Catholic schools. Our awardees are those individuals whose dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and care help to build dynamic communities where students are challenged and inspired to explore, to enjoy and to reach their potential as young people of faith and endless possibilities,” said Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson, NCEA Chief Leadership and Program Officer.


In his nomination packet, Fr. Cleo is described in one comment: “Fr. Cleo’s zeal for Catholic education and the formation of all the families entrusted to his care are what energize him daily.”


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