Light the World Catholic U

A summer Institute at The Catholic University of America that focuses on high school students seeing the connections of faith and culture. The Light the World!

summer institute welcomes approximately 50 students who spend a week living the life of a college student. In the mornings they hear talks from engaging speakers / professors who address what the Catholic theological tradition has to say about the topic for that day (science, art, business, politics, or sports). In the afternoons students visit exciting sights in Washington DC where they meet peop

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02/14/2024

On this Ash Wednesday, we humbly ask the Lord to grant us perseverance & to pour out His graces on this fasting season

01/20/2024

Yesterday we had the opportunity to walk alongside crowds of Pro-Life supporters at the 2024 March For Life!

If you were able to be apart of it, we hope you have safe travels home. Join us in continuing to pray for the human dignity of all life.

12/08/2023

We congratulate Brian Rhude on his current position as Campus Minister at the Towson University within the Archdiocese of Baltimore!

We are truly thankful for the intentional hard work that he poured into the mission of Light the World. His commitment to accompanying young people on their journey of faith is a gift we are grateful to have received the past couple of years.

Prayers for him & the new community where the Lord is placing him to serve!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 07/31/2023

Today, we look back with gratitude at the many faithful men and women who joined us this summer as our morning and afternoon speakers!

CatholicU faculty and professionals who live their faith in their fields helped to open up the life of faith to our participants and shared their many gifts with us!

2023 participants, who was your favorite presenter?

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 07/10/2023

What better way to start the week than by thanking the priests and bishops who ministered to our groups this summer at Mass, Adoration, and Confession!

To all our beloved priests, pictured and not, THANK YOU!

Oh…and a former participant, now seminarian, who made a surprise visit as well!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 07/01/2023
Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 07/01/2023

On our last full day together, we focused on faith and politics. In the morning, we heard from Dr. Elliot on how to be a faithful citizen. After lunch and a trip to the campus bookstore and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception gift shop, we headed to the U.S. Capitol Building for a guided tour and learned about the history and art of the building. Afterwards, Ingrid Delgado, a Policy Advisor for the Office of Domestic Social Development for the USCCB spoke to us about her job as a Catholic in politics. We then celebrated mass and had a panel of young people talk about how they live their faith in their careers. In the evening, we wrapped up small groups by discussing God at work in our lives and participated in the Litany of Light prayer!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/30/2023

On Thursday, our group focused on faith and sports/service! In the morning, we heard from Chelsea Crosby from A Simple House of Sts. Francis and Alphonsus on her experience as a missionary. Then, our groups went out to various service sites on campus and in the city. Afterwards, we walked to CUA’s Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center and Coach Gutelius, Head Coach for Catholic’s Football team, talked to us about his journey of faith. After some opportunity to play football, we heard from counselors Matt and Mary about their stories of discernment. We then traveled to Prince George’s Stadium for a Bowie Baysox Baseball Game! Back on campus, we prayed a rosary together.

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/29/2023

Yesterday, LTW! focused faith and art. In the morning, we heard from Dr. Joshua Benson, Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at CUA, who led a virtual tour of the Basilica of St. Francis. After lunch, we also heard from Sarah Yaklic, Chief Digital Officer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who shared about her career in digital evangelization. In the afternoon, we explored the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art before returning to campus for dinner. In the evening, we heard from counselor Aidan about a restoration to his relationship with God and participated in praise and worship adoration and confession. Lastly, we “cellar”brated our time together with ice cream and dancing!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/28/2023

On Tuesday, Light the World! explored the relationship between faith and business. To begin the day, we heard from Dr. Elliot on the vocation of the business leader. After mass and lunch, we headed downtown to visit the Catholic Information Center and heard from Emma Boyle on her nonprofit, Leonine Forum. We also visited the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle and spoke to the pastor Msgr. Jameson on the history of the building. In the evening session, we heard from Kendall and Ryan on impediments to God’s presence in their lives and then discussed our own impediments. To wrap up the night, we prayed Visio Divina with the art piece The Calling of St. Matthew!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/27/2023

Yesterday, we learned about the relationship between faith and science! In the morning, Dr. Gregory returned to speak on how to approach science with the gift of wonder. We attended mass at the JPII Shrine and explored the chapels and exhibits there. In the afternoon, we heard from Dr. Christopher Raub, chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at CUA, and spent time in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. After dinner, we discussed God’s Call in our Lives and heard from counselors Miller and Ryan on how God has called them. To finish the night, we prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/26/2023

LTW! 2023 Week 2 has begun! Yesterday, we welcomed 30 high schoolers from around the world to CatholicU. We celebrated mass together and broke bread before heading into the city for a scavenger hunt on the National Mall. In the evening, we participated in the cast your nets prayer activity as we prepared for the week ahead!

Make sure to check back throughout the week to see what our group is learning and experiencing!

06/19/2023

Join us in congratulating 2016/2017 LtW! Counselor Alum Fr. John Lado who was ordained on Saturday by Cardinal Gregory!

Fr. John may or may not be joining us this week to share his priestly ministry with our group!

As we celebrate today, we warmly congratulate our newest Fathers! Cardinal Gregory ordained six new priests for the yesterday. Please keep these men in your prayers as they begin their priestly ministry!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/18/2023

Yesterday, we celebrated mass and said goodbye to our 2023 Light the World! Week 1 participants. We were sad to see them go but are so thankful for our time together growing in community and faith.

Week 2 participants - we can’t wait to meet you soon!

06/18/2023

Our Light the World! Team is ready to welcome our second group of 2023 Light the World! participants in just ONE WEEK!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/18/2023

Yesterday, LTW! focused on how faith interacts with service and sports. In the morning, we heard from Chelsea Crosby, a missionary at A Simple House of Sts. Francis and Alphonsus, on the importance of service. Our small groups then traveled to various sites around the city and served the local community to put this idea into action. We wrapped up our small groups and discussed how God is at work in our lives in the afternoon before heading to Nationals Park to watch batting practice and enjoy the game. In the evening, our group participated in the Litany of Light prayer activity and was reminded of our call to be a light of the world!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/16/2023

On Thursday, we focused on faith and politics! In the morning, we heard from CUA professor Dr. Elliot on being a faithful citizen. After lunch, we headed to a private lecture at the Supreme Court and explored the home of our nation’s judicial system. In the evening, we heard from a panel of young people who discussed how their faith is incorporated in their vocation. Afterwards, we heard from counselors Mary and Emily about listening to God’s voice and prayed a rosary.

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/15/2023

On Wednesday, LTW! focused on faith and art. In the morning, Dr. Gregory returned to discuss various artistic interpretations of Abraham sacrificing Isaac. In the afternoon, Sarah Yaklic, Chief Digital Officer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, spoke on the beauty of digital evangelization. Afterwards, the group headed to the St. Mary Mother of God parish to learn about sacred art before going to the National Gallery of Art to explore! In the evening, we heard from Aidan, a Light the World! Counselor, on his faith journey and celebrated adoration. To end the night, the participants partook in Cellar Night with ice cream and dancing!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/14/2023

On Tuesday, we focused on the relationship between faith and business! We heard from Dr. Cloutier on approaching business with a Catholic lens. In the afternoon, we headed to the EWTN Studio and spoke with CEO of the company (and CUA alumni) Michael Warsaw on his journey of faith and his career. Our LTW group also got a tour of the studio and met various members of the staff. Back on campus, we talked about impediments to God’s presence in our lives and participated in Visio Divina.

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/13/2023

Yesterday, we learned about the relationship between faith and science! We started our morning with a worship session and heard from Dr. Bradley Gregory about Science, Faith, and the Gift of Wonder. We attended mass at the Pope John Paul II National Shrine and after lunch, heard from Dr. Marguerite Duane on her career in medicine. In the afternoon, our group visited the Smithsonian Natural History Museum to explore wonder and awe in various areas of science. In the evening, the participants heard two witness talks from counselors and discussed God’s presence in their lives!

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/12/2023

Today we welcomed participants to Week 1 of the Light the World! Summer Institute 2023! After checking in, we celebrated mass and got to know one another through icebreakers. Then, the group headed to the National Mall and competed in a scavenger hunt with their small groups. We ended the night with a LTW! yearly prayer activity called Cast Your Nets.

Check back to see what our group is up to this week as we venture on this new and exciting journey together!

06/04/2023

Just ONE WEEK until we welcome a group of participants to D.C. and to the 1st week of the 2023 Light the World! Summer Institute. We cannot wait to meet you all!

Participants - what are you looking forward to the most?

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 06/03/2023

In just two short weeks, we’ll be celebrating the end of our first week of our 2023 program with our closing Mass and Brunch!

And just a few steps away, we’ll be celebrating another great moment: the ordination to the priesthood of Rev. Mr. John Lado, 2016-2017 Counselor.

We asked John about his time at Light the World! and it’s impact on his life:

"Being a counselor at Light the World! helped confirm my calling to the priesthood. I was able to mentor these young people seeking to find Jesus Christ in the next stage of their lives. I want to help others do just that."

Pray for John, for all of the men who will be ordained to the priesthood, and for our program this summer!

05/28/2023

On this feast of Pentecost, we are reminded of the Holy Spirit guiding the Apostles and providing them gifts to fulfill their mission of spreading the Good News. Ask yourself - are you open to the Holy Spirit and its guidance in your own life?

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 05/25/2023

Finally, meet St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ. Although there is not much documented on him, St. Joseph has been recognized as a "father in the shadows" and the silent protector of Our Lord and the Blessed Mother. He is the patron saint of the Universal Church, families, fathers, immigrants, and working people. His feast day is March 19th.

05/24/2023

For our final Wonder and Awe Wednesday, read Lucy's reflection on joy.

Have you ever longed for joy?
At our core, we have this deep thirst to be happy, to be a part of something, to be loved. The good news? Christ wants this even more than we do. In today’s gospel passage, He prays for us to the Father for these things He knows we need. The even better news? When Jesus is praying for you to His Dad, you know you’re in good hands.
He prays for us to be one. To not just fit in, but to be welcomed with open arms into the community of the Church, to be cherished there, and to fully love one another there.
He prays for us to be in the world but not of the world. Oriented towards the things of God while still rooted in our daily lives. He knows how hard it is, He was literally there. He promises to guard us, to hold us, to sanctify and consecrate us in truth like He is.
He prays that His joy will be fulfilled in us. Total and perfect joy. Is there anything else we need?

Photos from Light the World Catholic U's post 05/23/2023

Next, meet Bl. Chiara Badano! Chiara was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 17 and embraced her suffering as a way to offer her life to Christ throughout the last few years of her life. She was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 and became one of the patrons of the 2018 Synod on Youth. Bl. Chiara's feast day is October 29th.

05/22/2023

Here is our last Meet the Counselors Monday, and we're ending it with Lucy! She's a junior collaborative piano major from Minnesota.

Check back on Wednesday to read Lucy's reflection on the Gospel!

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