SHU Journey: Summer Theological Institute for High School Youth

FAIRFIELD—SHU Journey, an extraordinary six-day residential summer experience of faith education, self-discovery and enjoyment for high school youth, will be held on the university campus from Sunday, June 23 to Friday, June 28.

The university is inviting Catholic high school students from rising sophomores to rising seniors who are interested in growing in and becoming leaders in their faith to apply no later than May 1.

“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, liturgy, journaling, community service,” said Michelle Loris, Ph.D., Psy.D., chair of Catholic Studies.

Dr. Loris said SHU Journey is a Lily Endowed Summer Theological Institute developed specifically for young men and women who want to become more knowledgeable, effective, confident, faith-filled leaders in their parishes, schools, and communities.

During the week, six Sacred Heart University student mentors will lead an exploration of faith, in small group conversations learning about yourself and real-life issues, in sharing profound prayer, liturgies and excellent music, providing service in the community.

Students will also hear from notable Catholic leaders whose wisdom and experience will expand their understanding of faith. The program includes many fun activities on the beautiful, vibrant spiritually rich and welcoming college campus, Dr. Loris said.

There are no costs for the program, which is funded by the Lilly Endowment, which allows Sacred Heart University to help high school students explore the Catholic intellectual tradition and to examine how the wisdom of the tradition applies to the moral and ethical challenges young people face in the contemporary world, Dr. Loris said.

Each of the 24 high school youth selected to participate in this program will receive a $500 scholarship for attending this Summer Institute. Only 24 high school youth can be accepted for this Summer Institute. Students stay in one of the University’s comfortable residence halls.

Faculty and supervision for the week include SHU faculty and residence hall directors, diocesan youth leaders, students mentors and others.

Applications must be in no later than May 1, 2019. If a group is applying, please have each individual complete a separate application and note on the form the name of the group with whom they are affiliated.

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