Registration is now open for Christendom College’s acclaimed St. Columcille Institute — a three-week summer program for college-age students held in the north of Ireland. The Institute, which will seek to strengthen the faith and deepen the understanding of young Catholic leaders through a thorough catechesis, will be held this year from July 26 to August 18.
Now in its sixth year, the Institute has welcomed students from across the United States, Ireland, and beyond every summer, who grow in their faith and knowledge of Catholicism’s rich history over the course of the three weeks. The Institute is located at Ards Friary in Donegal — a spectacular part of the northwest of Ireland where local traditions and Irish culture remain strong and vibrant. The location acts as a perfect place for study and growth, as students learn from Christendom’s own faculty.
College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell serves as the dean of the Institute and teaches a course in apologetics, while Dr. Brendan McGuire teaches a course in history. Professor Sharon Hickson teaches a course in literature, and Dr. Sean-Patrick Lovett teaches a course in communications. The intellectual study ensures that participants develop the ability both to evangelize and defend the Faith within secular society.
In addition to taking classes, students enjoy excursions and hikes that give them a better understanding of Irish culture, including exploring historic Glen Columcille, Donegal Castle, the spectacular cliffs of Bunglass, County Mayo and Croagh Patrick, and Tory Island. Before leaving, students explore the riches of Dublin, ending their experience on a perfect note.
“Ireland offers the kind of passion and peace you just can’t find anywhere else,” says past participant Hannah Rainey. “Nearly every day was an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
Participants must be at least 18 years old by the first day of the Institute. Through their participation in the program, participants will also earn six college credits. For more information, please visit christendom.edu/Ireland.