About The Program


Light the World! is a chance for high school students to investigate, research, and learn how faith and culture interact with everyday activities. Each day we witness how this is achieved at a locale in D.C. Students witness faithful excellence in action in business, science, politics, sports, and the arts. Visiting places such as the Capitol, National Gallery of Art, and Professional Baseball Stadiums and hearing from people who have achieved success in those realms talk about how faith intersects with those activities.

Secondary, this is an opportunity for students to experience a taste of college life while still in high school. Students live in a dorm for the week, eat at the dining hall, live with their peers, and get a taste of the intellectual, social, and spiritual life that a university like Catholic University offers. Part of the follow-up even involves help with college application essays even if it is not our university. The summer institute will be facilitated by CUA’s own college students who are faith-filled students in all areas discussed above.


Light the World! Summer Institute will not be held during the Summer of 2021

Please check back for updates on our 2022 program!



“I was inspired by their enthusiasm for Theology and bringing faith to the culture” 

-Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles







Light the World! takes place at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Students live in dorms, eat in dining halls, learn in classrooms, pray in sacred spaces, and have fun with one another around campus. They live college life for a week. They also visit a different impressive site in Washington, D.C. each day.



Light the World! will not operate its summer institute in 2021.



Light the World! was founded (with the support of Lilly Endowment Inc.) to help young students better understand how faith and theology relate to their everyday lives. It will help them think about where they are being called. We also hope students will be invigorated by a taste of college life that is enriching, challenging, and joy-filled.


Students will spend portions of the day in the large group for presentations as well as in their small groups of 7 or so, each led by two Catholic University college students who are themselves models of faithful excellence in action. Though students learn from experts, they also learn from and support one another in small group discussions and activities.

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