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FaithActs Summer Youth Theology Institute
June 19-23, 2023 at Loyola University New Orleans


FaithActs is a fun and inspiring way for rising high school juniors and seniors to engage with the relevant sciences and explore Christianity's rich biblical and theological traditions. Participants discern how their faith can help them become leaders in support of creation and environmental justice by

  • exploring faith's implications for creation

  • practicing social analysis and theological reflection

  • collaborating with other high school students from across South Louisiana

  • earning 3 college credits

  • contributing 20 service hours

Faith Acts invites students to think theologically and explore answers to questions such as:

  • What does faith require of us with regard to creation and environmental justice?

  • What is God's will with and for us?

  • What am I called to create?

We invite you to share in the great work of strengthening your faith, asking big questions, and being a leader for social and environmental justice!

Typical Daily Schedule

Monday starts at 11:30; every other day starts at 9:00 AM and ends around 9:00 PM. Each day involves sessions for the whole group followed by projects, small-group activities, movies, prayer and reflection. Below are the kinds of activities involved.

  • Breakfast
  • Morning prayer
  • Large-group, small-group project or activity
  • Lunch and break
  • Afternoon instruction and reflection on theology and ecology
  • Reflection in small groups
  • Spiritual formation activity
  • Dinner
  • Evening programming
  • Evening prayer and journaling

Typical Activities

  • undertaking guided local investigations of flora, fauna, bioregions, and watersheds and relating them to others at a global level
  • studying the implications of social justice for ensuring all members of the earth community flourish
  • engaging in theological and ecological dialogue with peers, Loyola student mentors, and Loyola faculty
  • sharing faith in small group conversations led by Loyola student mentors
  • practicing finding God in all things
  • joining with others in worship informed by Ignatian spirituality and environmental justice
  • reflecting on what God is calling us to do with our lives

More Information

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  • Questions? Contact Judy Fontenot Lavergne 504-865-3399 |

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