Encuentro: St. Catherine University Theology Institute is a year-long program for rising high school sophomore, junior and senior girls that seek to awaken an encounter with God, self and other young women in an inclusive and sacred space.
Encuentro begins with a week-long residential summer theology institute, June 16–22, 2019, and continues throughout the school year with formative events in the fall, winter, spring and summer. There is no cost to participate, thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Theology Institutes for High School Youth Initiative.
What to Expect
During the week-long residential summer theology institute, you will live and eat on the St. Kate's campus, while participating in prayer, classes, service activities, mentoring, and fun activities during the day. The week ends with a celebration for parents, adult mentors and participants.
Then, you will be required to attend four formative events during the school year and keep in communication with your mentor team.
Participants will be supervised and cared for during each Encuentro event. If you have questions about safety and supervision, please call us at 651.690.6046 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You'll arrive at St. Catherine University between 2–4 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2019.
You will stay in the University residence halls, share meals in the campus dining hall, and participate in variety of fun activities. You can expect a daily rhythm of communal prayer, theology classes, reflection, dialogue, mentor team activities and on-site visits to local communities and service site.
During the week, you will meet your mentor team. Alongside your mentor team throughout the school year you can expect to build relationships and develop skills and tools for vocational discernment and decision-making.
The week-long residential summer theology institute ends with a celebration meeting on the St. Kate's campus, 1–3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Parents are encouraged to attend, as this will be the time for them to meet their daughters' adult mentors, exchange contact information, and ask questions.
After the celebration, all participants are free to leave campus, and we will look forward to seeing you again in the fall!
Each of the four formative events that follow the week-long institute will take place on the St. Kate's campus in St. Paul. The dates for the 2019–2020 events are August 25, October 27, January 26, and February 23.
How do I get to St. Catherine University, St. Paul Campus- Building St. Mary Hall and Coeur de Catherine?
St. Catherine University's St. Paul campus is located two miles southwest of downtown St. Paul.
Getting to St. Mary Hall and Coeur de Catherine Rauenhorst Ballroom
St. Mary Hall is located behind The O’Shaughnessy building and kitty corner to the Coeur de Catherine. Please refer to the campus map.
Where do I park?
Parking at St. Catherine University is free for all events all day Saturdays and Sundays. No permit is required to park in The O’Shaughnessy lot, or other lots on campus these days.
For arrival and departure parking, please enter St. Catherine University GATE#4 from Fairview Avenue and park in The O’Shaughnessy lot.
How to Apply
We are accepting applicants for Encuentro 2019–2020—please apply as soon as you can to secure your spot!
Once we have received your application, we will notify you of your admission status. Accepted young women will need to complete and submit a registration packet to secure a spot with Encuentro 2019–2020.