The Be the Light Youth Theology Institute at Canisius College is a six-day, on-campus institute for theology in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition for rising high school sophmores, juniors, and seniors.

This institute seeks to fulfill the Second Vatican Council’s call for the Church to engage all “people of good will,” especially the young, in deepening their understanding and experience of the intersections of faith, reason, and action, with a special focus on the issues of justice and social justice that arise in an urban setting.

Students who attend will be empowered, educated, and inspired to become true scholar-servant-leaders in the Church and their communities.

We’re very proud of all that our students have accomplished, and we seek to continue conversations of service, solidarity, spirituality, and social justice as they return to their own communities. Below, in the blog, you can read some of their reflections!


Today’s prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others… who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors.

-Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.