Coronation Institute was created in 2009 by Dr. Susan E. Israel with the primary mission to prepare teachers for service in under-resourced primary grades. Dr. Israel wanted the Institute to be authentically Catholic guided the Magisterium of the Church and practicing the rich traditions of the Church with the heart of the Institute stemming from the heart of the Blessed Mother.
Coronation Institute was named after the Blessed Mother and her Coronation as Queen of Heaven and Earth. In the Winter of 2013, Dr. Israel redefined Coronation Institute as an established Catholic University known as University of Our Lady of Grace. The jump from an Institute to University was to broad at this time and space in history. Thus, Dr. Israel renamed the university back to Coronation Institute and redefined the mission as directed under the spirit and wisdom of the Blessed Mother.
The pathway to the Institute, University, and back to the Institute was driven by perseverance and research as summarized below.
God, Philosophy, Universities: A selective history of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition by Alasadair MacIntyre (2009)
In this book, Dr. Israel realized the importance of integrating disciplines.
To whom then in such a university falls the task of integrating the various disciplines of considering the bearing of each on the others, and of asking how each contributes to the overall understanding of the nature of the order of things? p.16
Further research in this volume guided the thinking on the nature of virtues and those virtues we can achieve through intellectual development. Through the writings of St. Augustine we have learned to achieve self-examination and turn to within to seek knowledge and greater understanding of our total self.
Do not go abroad. Return within yourself. In the inward human being dwells truth. To transcend ourselves we receive the grace to do so. p. 27
Striving for moral and intellectual virtues can be done through knowledge and pursuit of self-understanding. Intellectual inquiry through the lens of the Catholic faith is a means to God and a path to our salvation.