Who We Are

Rylee Kenney 

Rylee Kenney serves as the Coordinator for the Light the World! Institute.

She is a 2014 graduate of The Catholic University of America (B.A. Theology and Religious Studies). During her time at CUA she first discovered her passion for ministry in her service to college freshmen through the Student Ministry program in the Office of Campus Ministry. Since graduating, Rylee has worked in High School Ministry at Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, MA. She served as Campus Minister and Theology Teacher for students in grades 7-12. Originally from South Bend, IN, Rylee now lives in D.C. with her husband, Tim and daughters, Gemma and Edith.




Catherine Graveline

Catherine Graveline has been the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Theology and Religious Studies for four years. She hails from the great state of Michigan (Go Blue!) but has called Washington, D.C. home for eight years now. Topping her list of favorites are her nieces and nephews and summer nights of baseball! She is excited that she can be a part of this wonderful Institute that speaks to faith and culture, topics which are very near and dear to her heart.






Our team of undergraduate CUA counselors are some of the most faith-filled, outgoing, and fun students from across the country. The counselors study a variety of majors at CUA and perform at the highest levels. They are very excited to meet, guide, and walk this journey of faith/culture with the youth they encounter.





School of Theology and Religious Studies

Light the World! is housed in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA. This provides access to internationally renowned theologians who are faculty members that serve as advisers to the program. Additionally, these theologians present on the academic connection of faith and art, sports, business, science, and politics during Light the World!





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The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and as the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops. We are privileged to have CUA as host for our Light the World! Institute as our participants get to be in the heart of our nation’s Capital with the comforting and unique experience of a college campus. CUA provides a foundation of faith, fellowship, and academics making it a natural home for Light the World!