Everything is set for the 2013 Faith and Reason Summer Program here at Saint Vincent College, which will run from Sunday, June 16th through Friday, June 21st. This is the third year of the week-long program, and, as director, I am excited to welcome both new and returning students for a week of exploring the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition, not to mention more hiking and ultimate frisbee....
If you have never attended the program, this is a great introduction to life at a Catholic liberal arts college, and a wonderful opportunity to explore the great questions and ideas you will be asked to reflect on at college. Most of our participants are high schoolers (you must be at least 15 years old), though some have a year of college under their belts and are looking for a chance to spend a week making new friends who share in common the desire to grow intellectually and spiritually.
Our days are structured around the Benedictine daily prayers, mass, and seminar conversations. Of course, there's plenty of time to relax over meals, hikes, sports and more. For those of you who fear being lost in the crowd, the program is small (I anticipate 15-20 students), so we really get to know one another and help one another pursue Truth through both faith and reason. Here's how one student (who was brave enough to join us despite the fact that she didn't previously know anybody here!) put it last year:
"The camp exceeded my expectations! Within a week I was able to get to know the amazing people at Saint Vincent College and all of my new friends. By the end of the week I didn't want to leave. Most importantly, during camp I was able to develop a deeper understanding for my faith. The insight that I received through all the group discussions only kindled a want for greater knowledge through faith and reason. Thank you for the opportunity. I hope to return next year."
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions; I look forward to hearing from you.