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Six different ways to discover the Saint within

The heart of your Saints & Scholars Institute experience is formed in the track that best fits your skills and interests. No matter which track you choose, you’ll benefit from spirited conversations, close relationships with peers, and a new understanding of how your faith intersects with your secular interests.

Evidence suggests that, while our nation has great medical resources, we’re not very healthy as a society. This crisis requires the development of new leaders and the cultivation of fresh ideas about the meaning of health and the aims of medical science. The Christian tradition, rooted in the healing ministry of Jesus, has resources for this task. This track is for students interested in how theology is relevant for medicine, and those considering careers in the field of health care, medicine, and public health.

We hear in the news about immigrants and refugees “on the move.” But what does the Catholic tradition say? Our society needs young voices who know how to answer questions about the rights and dignity of those on the margins. This track is for students interested in learning about immigrants and refugees from both a policy and theological perspective, and for those interested in law, politics, or social work.

In a complicated and sometimes shallow media world, we need to raise a voice that cries out in that wilderness. Catholic tradition can help us engage contemporary media in the construction of deep community connections. We’ll explore the ways God can work through art, journalism, radio, and television. This track is for students interested in popular culture, communications, and media.

In “Laudato Si’,” a letter written to every person on the planet, Pope Francis stresses that care for God’s creation is an urgent task today, and he offers a vision of “integral ecology” to solve the problems of a “throwaway culture.” Thus, this track explores food, farming, co-operative economics, and community gardening, and is for students interested in learning about practical ways to address questions of physical and spiritual hunger, the crisis of climate change, justice for the poor, the relationship between work and human dignity, life together and the common good, and care for our common home.

We’re used to hearing stories about great Christians working in churches, schools, or hospitals. But what about in business? How can someone enter the world of commerce and do great things that are true to the faith? The answer depends on the businessperson understanding things like the purpose of a company and what the Church teaches about management. This track is for those interested in the profession of business.