Christendom College recently opened registration for its popular St. Columcille Institute, held each summer in Ireland. Featuring classes in Catholic theology, history, and literature, the Institute will be held from July 17 to August 9. Young Catholic leaders in Ireland and America are invited to reserve their spot on an adventure that will equip them with the intellectual tools they need to be effective agents in the New Evangelization.
For the last two years, the St. Columcille Institute has enriched the lives of its participants. With its academic and spiritual atmosphere set at the Ards Friary in County Donegal, students enjoy a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s historical landmarks, classes taught by Christendom’s top professors, and Catholic fellowship among the students who hail from the United States and Ireland.
“Ireland offers the kind of passion and peace you just can’t find anywhere else,” says Hannah Rainey, who participated in the program last summer. “Nearly every day was an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
One of the highlights of the program for Rainey was celebrating Mass at one of Ireland’s many Mass Rocks that were used as altars during periods in Irish history when the celebration of Mass was outlawed.
“It was a perfect blend of the historical and religious wealth of Ireland and a very moving experience,” she said.
Maggie Ostrowski, who attended last year as well, says that she learned a great deal about the New Evangelization.
“It requires one to be vulnerable and really love the person being evangelized, even with all their flaws,” Ostrowski says. “The professors helped me to realize that truly getting to know the person is the only way that you will be able to reach them, not only on a faith basis, but also on any other level.”
Another participant Peter Romanchuk, described the classes at the Institute as “awesome.”
“The professors were teaching subjects they really loved,” he said.
The classes introduce students to the exciting history of Ireland and the powerful literature of Irish authors, taught by Dr. Brendan McGuire and Prof. Sharon Hickson respectively. Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, as Dean of the Institute, teaches a class on the New Evangelization in Catholic Apologetics. Also, Dr. Sean-Patrick Lovett, the Program Director at Vatican Radio, teaches three workshops on the art of communication in the New Evangelization.
In addition to the classes, students enjoy excursions which immerse them in the Catholic culture of Ireland, including the National Marian Shrine at Knock, the cliffs of Bunglasss, Croagh Patrick, Donegal Castle, and Dublin.
Find out more about the St. Columcille Institute and apply at christendom.edu/ireland.