Testimonies

Brian Doupnik

University of Texas at Dallas

I anticipated the Fellowship to be an incredible experience, and it exceeded and challenged my expectations in every way. The instructors were experts, the setting was idyllic, and the prayer  time was more fruitful than I could have imagined.

Most of all, though, I was surprised and ignited by the community of the Fellowship, which formed before my eyes. My CWF family was – and still is – warm, zealous, supportive, challenging, and most importantly passionate about striving to be the saints God has called each and every one of us to become.

Natalie Dykmann

Benedictine College

Going into the Catholic Worldview Fellowship, I had no idea what to expect, but it greatly exceeded all I could have imagined. The program is centered on studying philosophy and experiencing culture, but the extent to which the Fellowship forms the whole person is indescribable.

The idea of studying modern culture from a philosophical perspective can seem very intimidating but through the wisdom of the staff, they were able to make the classes tangible for anyone. The program truly seeks to form not only form the intellectual side of the person but the spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects. Through the staff and the amazing community, I was able to grow so much as a person and continue to grow post-fellowship because of the love and support from all across the world.

Teresa Kenny

Texas A&M University

The Fellowship is a powerful experience in which  I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone. I learned confidence in myself in and out of the classroom, all the while exploring my faith and relationships in the light of Christ. The Fellowship isn’t a study abroad program.

It is a transformative, immersive experience into how I as a Catholic student should approach the world around me.

Amanda Fischer

St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame

The Catholic Worldview Fellowship in one word is encounter. And that is exactly what Pope Francis has asked our culture to do: encounter one another.

Each and every day on the Fellowship is centered around many encounters with the Lord through fellowship with one another, through learning about Christ and about how to become Catholic cultural leaders, and through experiencing the historical sites that indicate how the Catholic Church has influenced culture throughout the centuries.

Being surrounded by some of the most amazing individuals and Catholic leaders that I have ever met and witnessing the tradition and heritage of our faith on a whole new level is something that I will hold near and dear to my heart for as long as I live.

The Fellowship brings together the most amazing individuals from all over the world and, by living in communion with one another, bonds us into a spiritual family that is extraordinary; it is a taste of Heaven.

I didn’t think this amount of spiritual and personal growth was possible within the duration of a month, but this incredibly life-changing Fellowship proved me wrong. It taught me that sainthood is still possible in the 21st century.

It showed me that I can live a life of holiness no matter what my vocation ends up being. It revealed to me that the Catholic Church is God’s gift on Earth to show us all the way to true happiness, wholesomeness, and fulfillment no matter what culture you come from or what your personality or temperament is.

Lucas Hoffman

Benedictine College

The CWF was a fundamentally life-changing opportunity for me to encounter new places, people, and ideas. I was able to witness the love above language which God has for each of us. I would do it all over again if I could!

Samantha Lynch

University of Florida

It’s getting harder and harder moving forward post-Fellowship to picture my life before the Fellowship because it didn’t have the souls I encountered during the Fellowship. The incredible community literally changed my life in the most positive way and now I can’t picture my life without them.

Danielle Sullivan

University of Texas at Dallas

The Catholic Worldview Fellowship ruined my life in the best way possible. The Fellowship changed the way I live, experience the world, and view my time on earth. Through this Fellowship, I explored and reclaimed my identity, mission, and Catholic faith.

It was such a blessing to live in a community of unique, faith-filled young adults with a common mission and their eyes set on God. By embracing God’s will for my life, I am now experiencing freedom like never before. I believe in the call of Catholic Leadership; to be a light in the world and give orientation to an ever-shifting culture.

Try spending a month enlightening your mind, recalibrating your worldview, growing in virtue and see if God doesn’t radically transform your life. I experienced what it means to be truly alive, and I never want to let that go.

Trey Mohler

University of Notre Dame

The Fellowship is an encounter with others, an encounter with oneself, and an encounter with God. It was incredible to see thirty-two people bind into a community in just a day, a community that was not just superficial friendship as can be found easily on any college campus, but also a sincere desire for the sanctification of others.

The CWF forms the fellows to bring the spirit of Christ out into the world, changing culture one encounter at a time. We experienced in community and in solitude a profound encounter with Jesus and a calling for more, a calling to bring the truth and love of Christ to others, a peace and joy that knows no bounds.

Prayer, intellect, and encounter with others combined to form the most powerful tool of formation, touching the human being on all levels. The key is being open to God’s path and letting him do the work.

Lindsey Harrison

University of Florida

I didn’t really know what to expect when I applied for, and then attended, the Catholic Worldview Fellowship, all I know is that I am so glad I did. Having had few expectations for the experience and trying to keep an open mind and positive attitude about everything that would come my way, time and time again I was met with pleasant surprise from the people, the activities, and the course material.

Never in my life have I had such blessed encounters- whether those were with the beautiful nature that surrounded our historic German home, the impressive staff and dynamic fellows, the holy places we visited, or with our Lord in almost every aspect of the day.

Participating in this fellowship is something I will hold in my heart forever as a time that strengthened and established so many elements of my spiritual life, and also gave me a community that I hope to continue growing and identifying with for quite some time. So many moments, alone in reflection or fully engaged in community, revealed to me who I am, who Christ is, and who I am called to be through him, and because of that I felt like on the fellowship I was in exactly the right place at the right time. This program is without a doubt the best thing I’ve ever done and I feel so much more equipped to go out into the world and be a light because of it.

Allison Steusse

Benedictine College

For most people on this trip, one of the biggest impacts immediately from CWF was their first experience of a solid Catholic community.  Now for me, I grew up in an amazing Catholic homeschooling community, I attend one of the most strongly Catholic colleges in the U.S., and for the past two years I have worked at one of the biggest Catholic summer camps around. 

I was coming in with the weight of the past year: a lot of huge, difficult family changes along with having poured myself out as an RA then a camp counselor and overall felt tired, emotional, lonely, and just done.  Sure I was in Europe for the first time, but I did not feel like I belonged there.  But Our Lord surprised me.  He helped me to learn to rest, led me in to steps of immense healing, and showed me I actually belonged in this fellowship. 

It was such a diverse group, and I don’t think I would have befriended most of these people otherwise but each one loved me in a way I most needed to be loved.  Each fellow, each staff member has entered their own special place in my heart.  I am grateful for a community, a true fellowship, that has forever changed me and will always remain close.

Jonathon Taccolini

Grand Valley State University

The Catholic Worldview Fellowship was one of the most impactful and important three-credit courses I’ve ever taken.  To be able to spend an entire month in prayer, contemplation, study, and fellowship all revolving around developing a Catholic identity and a Catholic worldview is an invaluable experience that every Catholic could benefit from. 

In our busy, day-to-day lives, we seldom have the chance to steep ourselves in the mysteries of the faith and become truly enculturated by the traditions of the Catholic Church.  And yet, if we hold these teachings and traditions to be the Truth, we have an obligation and privilege to explore them and bring them into the chaos and busyness of our lives. 

The Catholic Worldview Fellowship provides a first step—a sort of demonstration or example—of how this can happen.

Caroline Beecher

Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame

This experience far exceeded any of my expectations.  I was tremendously impressed with how comprehensively the fellowship inspired spiritual, academic, leadership, and cultural development.  The incredible staff was organized and attentive—they planned every detail! 

The curriculum was strong with vibrant guest speakers, and the structure of the program promoted what I know will be a lasting community of faithful friends. Unbelievably transformative!

Hannah Rose Kelley

University of Georgia

Jesus brought me to the fellowship in the most adventurous and round-about way, and continued to unveil to me the beauty of jumping in with both feet with every person I met, class I attended, and outing I went on.

I knew we would be studying philosophy and culture, but never expected how much I would learn about myself, and about how, with a trusting heart and a stubborn love for souls, my talents could be integrated with and amplified by those of others.

The friendships formed with other fellows and staff are already proving to stand the test of distance and varying time zones, and my relationship with Christ has remained unwavering since my return home. The good fight hasn’t gotten easier, but my resolve is renewed and I stand empowered and deeply humbled when I consider the family, and the faith, that I have received through this program.

Hannah Hill

Grand Valley State University

Going into the fellowship, I was hesitant to respond to God’s call to have me there. I was unsure if it would be worth the time and money and if it was really where God wanted/needed me to be.

It wasn’t till returning home with  the experiences that I had and the friendships I made, that I realized why God wanted me to be a part of something so special as this fellowship. I began to see how God had worked in my heart while there and the many graces I received from this trip.

Nic Caridi

Santa Clara University

I couldn’t tell you what my favorite aspect of this fellowship was. All I can say is go for it, experience it yourself. The staff are some of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met, but in such a personable way that it was never imposing.

The fellows became some of my best friends almost immediately. Germany is beautiful and Rome is gorgeous. Experiencing all of these different components of the fellowship together in one month gives you the time, the flexibility, and the community you need to realize and become the change you’d like to see in the world and the change you’d like to see in yourself.

This fellowship is equally introspective as it is building community, experiencing culture, and absorbing information that you would never normally encounter. I came into the fellowship questioning everything, with a built up disdain for religion. The community you experience on the fellowship is like no other, I never experienced an ounce of animosity, an ounce of intellectual arrogance, only respectful dialogue.

I was welcomed in and was given the opportunity to ask the questions that had always bugged me. CWF gave me some of the answers I needed to realign the direction that my life was headed back towards what I wanted it to be.

Kimi Phelan

Texas A&M University

This experience doesn’t come and go with the wind but is carved into our hearts to remind us of where and to whom we belong. We are some of the lucky few that have experienced Heaven on Earth and know where we are called to live eternally.

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