Light the World! 2021

We are pleased to announce…

Hello friends,

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Light the World!, like every program in the United States, was forced to rethink our strategy and work with even more diligence to provide a meaningful and impactful experience. Our program’s hallmarks are our exploration of the interaction of the Catholic Faith with the world around us, our growth in missionary discipleship as young people, and the development of relationships and community that last for years after an individual summer session. We knew that these three key aspects of our program were non-negotiables, they had to be at the core of whatever we did during Summer 2020.

We moved our program online and took full advantage of the virtual reality. We continued to explore our themes of business, art, sports, science, and politics by welcoming CatholicU faculty as well as professionals who witness their faith in their careers. Due to the virtual reality, we were able to grow our program’s presenter pool by welcoming Grammy Nominated Catholic Musician Matt Maher, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport Bishop Frank J Caggiano, and 5x MLB All-Star Mike Sweeney. Most importantly, we welcomed 17 participants from 2 countries who journeyed with us for our first virtual program.

As we look towards the Summer of 2021, we continue to build upon the strengths of our program which has welcomed over 240 young people to our campus since 2016. Part of this growth is the addition of a third virtual week during the Summer of 2021. This additional week will allow us to welcome more participants and continue to improve upon our virtual growth in 2020. Our normal program weeks will continue and we are looking forward to holding an in-person program as local and national health regulations allow.

We are happy to announce our 2021 program dates which can be found below:

Week 1: June 13-19, 2021

Week 2: June 27-July 3, 2021

Week 3 (Virtual): July 12-16, 2021

Stay tuned for our participant application and for more information about our 2021 program. For questions, please contact

Know of our prayers for you and we hope you’ll join us in 2021!

Yours in Christ,


Brian Rhude

Program Director