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.
Due to COVID-19, Light the World! Summer Institute has moved online for the 2020 session. Participants will engage with an online experience that takes the best aspects of our program to the virtual world. Our stuednt counselors will continue to facilitate our program as we journey through the intersection of faith with business, science, politics, and the arts online. Faculty of the School of Theology and Religious Studies as well as industry professionals and national leaders will join participants in sharing the interaction of faith and culture. Optional evening sessions will include conversation with a professional athlete and a professional musician.
“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
Normally, 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.
Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, Light the World! Summer Institute has moved online.
Light the World! 2020 will offer one online session.
July 6-9, 2020
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.
An example schedule can be found here (Times in Eastern Standard Time):
11:00am-11:10am: Morning Counselor Witness
11:10am-11:40am: Morning Small Group
11:45am-12:05pm: Morning Presenter
12:05pm-12:25pm: Q&A with Morning Presenter
12:30pm-1:00pm: Afternoon Small Group
2:00pm-2:20pm: Afternoon Presenter
2:20pm-2:40pm: Q&A with Afternoon Presenter
2:45pm-3:00pm: Afternoon Small Group 2
3:00pm-3:10pm: Afternoon Counselor Witness
3:10pm-3:30pm: Faith Sharing Small Group