Saints and Scholars

2-week Intensive Leadership Experience

Notre Dame Vision is partnering with Holy Cross College (across the street from Notre Dame) to offer high school students from around the country the opportunity to significantly develop as leaders through a dual experience that combines faith formation, spiritual growth, theological study, and community immersion. Through the Vision Saints & Scholars Program, students spend one week at Notre Dame Vision followed by a second week at Holy Cross College, where they will both study and practice theology and public engagement through one of seven distinctive tracks:

The Medicine of Mercy: Theology and Public Health
Evidence suggests that while our nation has many great medical facilities, we are not very healthy as a society. This crisis requires the development of new leaders and the cultivation of fresh ideas. The Christian tradition, rooted in the healing ministry of Jesus, has resources for this task. This track is for students interested in how theology is relevant for medicine, or those considering careers in the field of health care.

God’s People on the Move: Theology and Human Rights
We hear in the news a lot of talk about immigrants and other people “on the move.” But what does Christian tradition say? Our society needs young voices who know how to answer questions about the rights and dignity of those on the margins. This track is for students interested in learning about immigration issues from both a policy and theological perspective, and for those interested in law, politics or social work.

A Voice in the Wilderness: Theology and Media
In a complicated and sometimes shallow media world, we need youth to raise a voice that cries out in that wilderness. Christian tradition can help us engage contemporary media in the construction of deep community connections. We will explore the ways God can work through art, journalism, radio and television. This track is for students who are interested in popular culture, communications, or media.

God of the Cosmos: Theology and Science
Recent studies suggest that many young people leave the Church because they perceive a conflict between science and religion. The assumption seems to be that atheism is the direction that really smart thinkers go. The truth, however, is that some of the greatest minds in history have been scientific and religious. This track is for those who love science and want to see how it can deepen, not lessen, faith in God.

Living Laudato Si’: Theology and Sustainability
In Laudato Si’, a letter written to every living person on the planet, Pope Francis stresses that care for God’s creation is one of the most urgent and pressing concerns we face today. This track will offer an introduction to Francis’s vision of “integral ecology” in response to the perils we face wrought by an unsustainable “throwaway culture.” Together, we will consider how this way of seeing, thinking and living relates to the topics of food, resilient farming, co-operative economics and community (gardening and farming projects will be a part of our time together). This track is for students who are interested in learning how to practice hope and consider how to tangibly address questions of physical and spiritual hunger, the crisis of climate change, justice for the poor, excluded and future generations, the relationship between work and human dignity, life together and the common good, and care for our common home.

Prophets with Profit: Theology and Business
We are used to hearing stories about great Christians working in churches, schools, or hospitals. But what about in business? How can someone enter that world and do great things that are true to the faith? The answer to this depends on the business person really knowing things like the purpose of a company and what the Church teaches on economics. This track is for those interested in fields related to business.

What are the dates for 2018?

Students may participate in the Vision Saints & Scholars Program in one of two periods:

Option 1:

July 9-13, attend Notre Dame Vision

July 13-20, attend Holy Cross Saints & Scholars (includes the weekend after Vision)

Option 2:

July 16-20, attend Notre Dame Vision

July 20-27, attend Holy Cross Saints & Scholars (includes the weekend after Vision)

What does it cost?

The registration fee for the dual experience (Vision + Saints & Scholars) is $800. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

How do I apply?

The application process for this dual experience is separate from the typical Vision application process.  Apply now to the Vision Saints & Scholars Program.

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Contact the Notre Dame Vision Office:

334 Geddes Hall Notre Dame, IN 46556 Phone: 574-631-7425 Fax: 574-631-6968