Courageous Voices: Inspiring the Next Generation of Bold Church Leaders

Founded as a diocesan college, Carroll College maintains a special focus on service to parish communities throughout the diocese and the greater Helena, Montana area. For over ten years, faculty in the Theology Department have taught as part of the Diocese of Helena’s Pastoral Ministry Program, leading participants through study of the Bible, Church doctrine, Christian history, liturgy, spirituality, ethics, and leadership skills. This two-year program trains laypeople to be more effective leaders in their parish communities.

Similarly, the San Damiano Scholars Program for Church Leadership at Marian University (IN) educates and forms students to serve as leaders in the Church or in faith-based non-profits, schools, or healthcare environments. The program is grounded in Franciscan values and graduates students who are well-formed in the faith and prepared to be leaders in the Church.

Over the next few weeks, we will release short stories about the courageous voices of our member colleges and universities.  Stay tuned to hear about how students, faculty, and staff are responding to Pope Francis’s call to social justice and a culture of encounter.  If you are still curious about how Catholic colleges and universities are promoting social justice on campus, read the original blog post on the Courageous Voices series, or check out ACCU’s inventory of promising practices, which includes many examples of our members engaging with Catholic Social Teaching.

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