Coralville parishioner updates history of Catholic schools


The National Catholic Educational Association has issued a new and expanded edition of “Parish School: American Catholic Parochial Education from Colonial Times to the Present” by Timothy Walch.


Walch is a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Coralville where he currently serves as a lay director of the parish and as a participant in the music ministry. He is also member of the board of directors of The Catholic Messenger.

When it was first published in 1996, Parish School was heralded as “the best summary review of the history of Catholic education in the last half century” by the late Father Andrew Greeley, the foremost authority on the scholarly study of Catholic schools. Other reviews in both popular and scholarly publications were equally laudatory.

The first edition remained in print for 20 years and was widely used in Catholic schools of education. This new edition builds on the first edition by adding three new chapters to bring the story up to the present day. The new edition also includes a new preface and conclusion and all of the original chapters were reviewed and revised based on the most recent scholarship.


Walch is the author of numerous studies on the history and contours of parochial education. His most recent books on the history of Catholic education include (with Thomas Hunt) “Urban Catholic Education: Tales of Twelve American Cities” (2010) and (with Hunt and David O’Brien) “Urban Catholic Education: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times” (2013).

The new and expanded edition of Parish School is available from NCEA at a cost of $15 for members and $23 for non-members.
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