Youth Theology Institute

  • Students sitting around a campfire
  • Genesis, the first book of the Bible
  • Two students working on a trail
  • People walking on a trail in the woods
  • Flowing river
  • Group of students doing an activity on an athletic field
  • Student laying on a downed tree in the woods

All Abilities Welcome

What does God want me to do?

Why am I here?

What are my gifts?

How will I leave my mark?

The College of St. Scholastica invites you to deepen your faith, discover theological resources to deepen your thinking and your understanding of the Bible, explore your spirituality, and learn how to listen to your true life’s calling, all within the beauty of the northwoods and Lake Superior.

Ponder life’s big questions while roasting marshmallows on a bonfire. Make lifelong friendships while completing a teambuilding ropes course. Consider how to find meaning and direction in your life, guided by caring professors and spiritual leaders.

This summer, St. Scholastica will host its first “Sacred Word, Sacred World, Sacred Call” Youth Theology Institute for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Twenty high school students and five college student mentors will participate. Students will stay in the Somers Hall Dorm Suites on campus from July 6-16, 2017. All abilities are welcome.

Activities are inspired by three themes: “Sacred Word, Sacred World and Sacred Call, and the experience wraps up with a two and a half-day “Wilderness Retreat and Sending Forth.”

The St. Scholastica Youth Theology Institute is made possible by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The cost is $300.00. Scholarships are available.

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Contact Us

Barbara LeGarde

1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6349

  • "The pressures to succeed, to get ahead, and the constant noise of media and social media can make it difficult for young women and men to reflect deeply on their lives, vocation, and the faith resources of Scripture, tradition, reason and experience. The initial proposal presented for this institute was very compelling. Having a program such as this available to young people would be an asset to our entire community."

    – First United Methodist Church

  • "It is heartening to see The College of St. Scholastica embark on a multi-year project to engage high school youth on the theme of vocation as it relates to scripture, tradition, God’s creation, and a changing world."

    – Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

  • "We are very supportive of the theology department’s efforts to create such a program for area youth. The blend of reflection and action and time in the wilderness could be transformative for our young adults."

    – Peace United Church of Christ

  • "Sacred Word, Sacred World, Sacred Call...will invite high school students into a study of theology that will deepen and develop further the students’ ability to hear the voice of God’s call that comes in Scripture, nature and community."

    – St. Lawrence Catholic Church