Teens Invited to Take SHU Faith “Journey”

WESTPORT—SHU Journey, a six-day residential summer experience of faith education, self-discovery and enjoyment for high school students, is set to run from Sunday June 24 to Friday June 29 on the Sacred Heart University campus in Fairfield.

This conference is hosted each summer by Sacred Heart University Summer Theology Institute in partnership with the Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

“Bishop Caggiano celebrates the opening Mass and staff from the diocese is present all week. Those who have attended report having a great time and how much they enjoy learning more about their faith and how to take responsibility for sharing the Good News,” said Patrick Donovan, Executive Director of the diocesan Leadership Institute.

Donovan said this exceptional week is filled with exciting activities, events and experiences including faith instruction, small group conversations about real life issues, music ministry, prayer, reflection, and liturgy.

Dr. Michelle Loris Michelle Loris, Ph.D., Psy.D. Associate Dean, CAS Chair, Catholic Studies, said the journey experience is designed for students who want to nurture a better understanding of faith in their life and develop their ability to become a leader in their Church and school.

“They will also deepen their self-awareness and develop a greater sense of direction and purpose in their life, become more motivated in school and activities, develop strong family and personal relationships, increase awareness of their own gifts and their role as a young man or woman in the Church,” Dr. Loris said.

She said the program offers students a dynamic week with their peers and SHU students who will lead an exploration of faith in small group conversations, while hearing from notable Catholic leaders.

SHU Journey is designed for Catholic students who are high school rising freshmen to rising seniors and are interested in growing in and becoming leaders in their faith.

There are no costs. This Summer Theology Institute is funded by the Lilly Endowment. Students stay in one of the University’s comfortable, residence halls.

Everyone selected to participate in this program will receive a $500 scholarship. Only 24 high school youth can be accepted for this Summer Institute.

Applications must be in no later than May 1, 2018. To register, visit