Program Overview

During Vision Academy, you will have opportunities to:

Choose from a thematic track of your choice:

  • Explore sacramental and scriptural themes by attending to literary texts in the literature track
  • Enrich the capacity to reflect on and create sacred music in the music track
  • Develop skills for attending to and creating sacred art in the art track
  • Explore how to read and pray with scripture in the scripture track
  • Learn how to articulate and share stories of grace in the testimony track

Explore Catholic Life through sessions led by undergraduate Mentors-in-Faith, including:

  • Prayer
  • Works of Mercy
  • Sacraments
  • Devotion to Saints
  • Stories of Grace

Develop a Pastoral Leadership Project for your family, parish, school, or diocese:

  • Lead a bible study
  • Host a literature discussion group
  • Establish a reflection group on music or art
  • Create a piece of music or art
  • Develop stories of grace

Listen to our Scott Boyle talk about Vision Academy on The Katie McGrady Show on Sirius XM!

Daily Schedule (all times listed as Eastern):

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The core requirement is attendance at the once-a-day Thematic Track Session that runs from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Participants are expected to prepare for each session by completing the assigned readings, reflection activities, and any collaborative work. These sessions will be led by the undergraduate Mentors-in-Faith who have participated in a semester of theological and pastoral formation.

Each afternoon from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. will feature optional "Exploring Catholic Life" sessions for an hour which will be recorded and then added to a "Resource Bank." These sessions will include Stories of Grace, the undergraduate Mentors-in-Faith introducing and leading different forms of prayer, an opportunity for vocations conversation with the priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the Sisters of St. Francis, along with a session with Admissions Staff from Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross College.

A key component of the overall approach is to integrate family life. There will be a daily email to both parents and participants that will include a brief overview of the day, prayers for the family, a few discussion questions to share over dinner, and the occasional optional evening opportunity open to the entire family. There would also be a few optional fellowship opportunities for the high school participants as well