In his final World Youth Day, St. John Paul II said,"The Church needs genuine witnesses for the new evangelization: men and women whose lives have been transformed by meeting with Jesus, men and women who are capable of communicating this experience to others."
Universitas is designed with the purpose of our late Holy Father in mind. The modern university and job atmosphere can be a hostile place for the Catholic Faith. Challenged by rationalism, atheism, secularism, and relativism college students and young workers need to know how to answer contemporary attacks against the Faith and bring about the conversion of modern man to Christ. As Pope Leo XIII testified, "Christians are...born for combat." Thus, in order to strengthen their faith, participants will be engaged in four types of formation essential to every solid young Catholic: Human, Intellectual, Spiritual, and Apostolic.
1. Human Formation: Grace builds on nature, healing a human nature wounded by sin and raising it to new heights. To be truly human means to be in command of the emotions, to be able to communicate with and work alongside other people. To accomplish this, Universitas provides numerous opportunities to challenge and master yourself by hiking in the Catskills, canoeing and kayaking in the Hudson River, playing team sports, and the like. The camaraderie you’ll experience by being with other serious Catholics is a great opportunity to reflect on the importance of your faith and to ‘recharge’ after a trying year at college.
2. Spiritual Formation: Universitas is a time to draw nearer to God through prayer. With daily Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, and communal recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, you’ll draw nearer to God who is the source of all holiness.
3. Intellectual Formation: In contemporary society, it’s not enough simply to know basic Catholic doctrine and to leave the difficult issues to theologians; now, more than ever, the world wants to know what we Catholics believe and why. The seminars and sessions at Universitas will provide you with profound insights and deeper understanding of Catholic teaching, taken from the greatest minds the world has even seen: Saint Thomas Aquinas, Blessed Pope John Paul II, and many, many more!
4. Apostolic Formation: To be the salt of the earth, and the light of the world, we must go out preach the Good News. To be formed as an apostle means to learn concrete ways to spread the Gospel, to become skilled at inculturating it even in a culture as secular as a university campus. Universitas will give you the tools to live as an apostolic witness no matter where you study.
Young Adult Spiritual Exercises
After Univeritas consider taking the Spiritual Exercises to help set you on the right path to sanctity. The Spiritual Exercises are meant to not only help someone discern God's will for their life, but also to live that vocation out in heroic fidelity. This year the Exercises will take place from June 6th - 9th, 2017. The Exercises will take place at St. Patrick's Retreat Center in East Durham, NY. If you are interested please fill out the inquiry here.