What is the Catholic Worldview Fellowship?
A month-long Summer experience for talented college students who desire to evangelize culture. The Catholic Worldview Fellowship seeks to contemplate reality from the standpoint of Faith. The course aims to provide a life changing experience where students can see their life and future through the lens of the Catholic faith. Fellows spend three weeks at Schloss Wissen, a picturesque castle in the German Rhineland with origins dating back to the 14th century and one week in Rome, the epicenter of Catholicism.
All these aspects of the Fellowship are harmonized to create a unique, life changing experience of the Catholic Worldview that empowers students to discover and develop their God-given talents. Fellows form a community that is enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and is united through common Christian convictions. Fellows will have opportunities for learning, thinking and contemplation during the month. They will address a variety of issues relating to personal, professional and social life and find creative responses in light of the Catholic Worldview. In so doing, they will form lasting friendships and form a network that will lend support for the future.
The Fellowship is built upon 4 major areas of formation: academic, leadership, cultural and spiritual.
Students receive six academic credits from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. The course elaborates upon and transmits a Catholic Worldview through an interdisciplinary study of culture change. Lectures are given by experts in the fields of history, religion, philosophy and ethics in order to shed light on the role of a Catholic leader in today’s constantly evolving culture.
Fellows also receive personal Leadership Coaching from Firm Foundations Incorporated, a consulting firm in Washington, DC. Through lectures, group discussion and one-on-one sessions, students will identify their talents more clearly and learn how to unleash their leadership potential.
The Fellowship is anchored in Catholic Spirituality. There will be daily prayer, Mass, spiritual formation and personal dialogue provided by priests and/or consecrated women from the Regnum Christi Movement. Thus, the Catholic Worldview includes seeing the world and one’s own life as Christ sees it.
Fellows will stay at the prestigious Schloss Wissen and be hosted by the family of Baron Raphael von Loe. The Fellowship seeks to explore the historical roots of Christian culture, provide occasions for fieldwork and organize cultural outings to well-known cultural sights (ex: Aachen, Cologne, Trier, Münster, Xanten, Luxemburg, etc.).
The Catholic Worldview Fellowship forms, networks and empowers talented college students to evangelize culture through an experience of the Catholic Worldview.
The great Catholic thinker Romano Guardini (1885-1968) described the Catholic Worldview as “the view of the world which the faith enables in us”. In other words, the Catholic Worldview means to contemplate reality from the standpoint of faith. It has the potential to lead persons to their true fulfillment and to transform culture by impregnating it with values, inspiration and truth. To change culture takes true leaders; to evangelize culture, takes apostles.
College is the time when students – among them tomorrow’s leaders in society – ask existential questions, look for inspiration, seek mentors and make life decisions. It is an urgent task of the church to respond to this need. It is a responsibility of all Catholics to support those students who want to employ their talents to evangelize culture. ”And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his ability. … And he that had received five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, Lord, you gave me five talents: behold, I have gained another five” (Mt. 25, 15.20).
By forming, networking and empowering talented students who want to evangelize culture, the Catholic Worldview Fellowship seeks to contribute to the church’s effort to evangelize and spread the Gospel in society. “Be servants of communion and of the culture of encounter! I would like you to be almost obsessed about this. Be so without being presumptuous, imposing “our truths,” but rather be guided by the humble yet joyful certainty of those who have been found, touched and transformed by the Truth who is Christ, ever to be proclaimed” (Pope Francis, July 27, 2013).
Year after year, it is out hope that graduates of the Catholic Worldview Fellowship will go back to their cities, parishes and campuses empowered by this transformative experience of looking at history, the world and their own life in light of the Catholic Worldview.