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s-be-the-light-spotlightFor one week on campus this summer, Canisius faculty, staff and students will help high school students brighten their lights of faith, knowledge and justice at the first annual Be the Light Youth Theology Institute.

Funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., the Institute runs from July 5-10.  Participants (25 high school sophomores and juniors) will deepen their knowledge of Catholic theology, Jesuit ideals and issues of justice in the city of Buffalo.

Each day includes a service-immersion experience, academic instruction, prayer and reflection – all led by Canisius undergraduate students, faculty and staff.  Themes of the Institute include: tradition and innovation in Buffalo, the Church and the Jesuits, foundations of Catholic views; Jesuit advocacy on human rights and understanding; Catholic social teaching (e.g., the preferential option for the poor, solidarity) and Ignatian spirituality (e.g., social justice, discernment).

Stephen Chanderbhan, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy, is the Director of the Institute.  Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister, is the assistant director, and Jennifer Kilo ‘17, communication and leadership, is the graduate assistant for 2016.  Applications are due on Monday, April 25.

For more information, visit the Institute’s website:

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, academic affairs