2020 and Beyond!

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Light the World! held its first ever virtual Summer institute. 17 young people joined us from 2 different countries to explore how faith and culture interact. Students interacted with CatholicU faculty from the School of Theology & Religious, professionals in the fields of art, science, politics, sports, and business, and grew in community through prayer and small group discussion.


We are pleased to welcome a virtual week in 2021 themed: “Friending Jesus: Youth Spirituality and Missionary Discipleship.” Participants will engage with CatholicU faculty and other Catholic leaders to explore Catholic Social Teaching, Spirituality, and Missionary Discipleship. Small groups will allow participants to interact with their peers to learn from one another and share in this great experience! Presenters will be announced in the coming weeks as they become available!

Click here to apply for the 2021 Virtual Week


See What They’re Saying!

See what our participants and presenters are saying about our virtual institute in 2020.


“Being able to share my faith in our small group time truly had an impact on me during this program. The other members and I quickly bonded over the encounters, struggles, and joys that we have experienced throughout our faith journeys. Even though we did not meet in person, I was able to open up to the other students and our moderator, and I was happy to hear their stories as well.”

-2020 Participant


“I enjoyed their simplicity and profound questions. They confirmed me in hope.”

-His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples








“Inspired and grateful for the witness of faith of the students at Light the World!….for their inquisitive hearts and desire to move forward on the journey in faithfulness to Christ and His Church.”

-Matt Maher

Grammy Nominated Singer and Songwriter





“The young people who participated were alive in faith, eager to learn and committed to live their discipleship even in difficult circumstances.”

-Bishop Frank J. Caggiano

Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport