Vision for High School Students

God is calling. How will you answer?

Explore God’s call in your life with the help of current Notre Dame student mentors. At Notre Dame Vision, connect with hundreds of other high school students as you learn from the witness of the saints and develop practices to live your faith.

For 5 days, immerse yourself in the spiritually-rich Notre Dame campus while sharpening your spiritual vision to recognize God’s grace at work in your life. Sleep in the Notre Dame dorms, eat in the dining hall, and pray at the numerous sacred spaces across campus. 

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Notre Dame Vision helped me realize that even though I’m not perfect God still loves me and will always love me. I started to understand how the Lord works in my everyday life. I saw what gifts he gave me, and now I can use these gifts to help others through the church. God made me, alive and wonderful, with all my passions to better this world!

Susan

Saying that Vision was extraordinary would be an understatement. From day one, I was introduced to people around me who not only shared my faith, but wanted to help me find God in things I never expected. I’m learning to accept how I have been gifted by God, and Vision has opened this gate for me.

Jason

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Notre Dame Vision combines the theologically-rich experience of nationally-known keynote speakers with the mentorship of college students. From large group sessions to small faith-sharing groups comprised of your peers, Notre Dame Vision gives you the space and the community to ask big questions about how God is calling you to use your talents in service to the Church and world.

  • Notre Dame Vision is open to students entering ninth grade through newly-graduated high school seniors.
  • Come on your own, bring a friend, or register as part of a church or school group.
  • Learn more about organizing a group and earning discounts on registration costs!

Campus and youth ministers, learn about our companion program designed especially for you.

Information for Parents

Información para los Padres

Featured Speakers

Nationally-acclaimed Catholic speakers bring engaging, high-energy talks to Notre Dame Vision. Have an unforgettable time learning from their witness to the faith.

  • Katie Prejean McGrady

    Katie travels around North America sharing a message of encouragement with young people as they meet and fall in love with Christ. She is the author of Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus.

  • Mike Patin

    Mike is a Louisiana native with more than 30 years working in ministry. His humor and stories affirm God's goodness and invite young people to take the next step in their journey to know God.

  • Robert Feduccia

    Robert weaves personal story-telling in with the richest part of the Catholic tradition. He is motivated by the belief that the Gospel of Christ transforms lives.

Conference Details

Dates

Save the date for one of four sessions during the 2019 summer! Registration opens in September.

June 17-21
June 24-28
July 8-12
July 15-19

Location

Notre Dame is located 90 miles east of Chicago, in South Bend, Indiana. Participants will be housed in student dorms and will eat in the dining hall. The beautiful campus has two lakes, walking paths, athletic facilities, and restaurants.
 

Cost

For individuals applying by the early deadline, the 5-day conference costs $350 plus a $100 deposit. Discounts apply for groups of 5 or more. Registration includes housing, meals and conference materials for Monday evening to Friday midday.

Deadlines

Early deadline: April 6, 2019
Regular deadline: May 18, 2019

Request information

Please use this form to request Notre Dame Vision brochures to distribute in your parish, school or elsewhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

Scholarships

We want to ensure every young person has an opportunity to attend Notre Dame Vision. The Emerging Leaders Scholarship, supported by a generous grant from Our Sunday Visitor Institute, aims to form new leaders in the Church. The scholarship is also available for individuals needing financial assistance.

The scholarships will cover up to $325 of the $475 total registration fee for Notre Dame Vision.

Qualifying for the Scholarship

Young people should apply for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship if they meet one or more of the following categories:

  1. Demonstrated need for additional leadership development in order to become more effective, confident, and faith-filled leaders
  2. Expressed interest in exploring a vocation to religious life or priesthood
  3. Lack the financial means to attend Vision

Nominations 

The high school student must complete a nomination packet that includes an application, two-part essay and a brief letter from an adult who is nominating the young man or woman. Full details and instructions can be found in the Nomination Packet.

Deadline

All nomination materials must be received (not postmarked) in the Notre Dame Vision Office together and in one package no later than February 25, 2019.

Contact

Reach Megan Shepherd, program director of Notre Dame Vision at mshephe2@nd.edu or call 574.631.8290.

Download the Nomination Packet

Saints and Scholars

Saints & Scholars offers an additional week of formation for high school students who desire more learning beyond Notre Dame Vision. In partnership with Holy Cross College, students spend one week at Notre Dame Vision followed by a second week at Holy Cross where they study theology and learn how to put faith into action through the lens of a particular discipline.

Find out more about Saints & Scholars by visiting the program website found here.

Students can apply for one of the following tracks:

  • The Medicine of Mercy: Theology and Public Health 
  • God’s People on the Move: Theology and Human Rights
  • A Voice in the Wilderness: Theology and Media
  • God of the Cosmos: Theology and Science
  • Living Laudato Si’: Theology and Sustainability
  • Prophets with Profit: Theology and Business

Dates

Option 1:
Notre Dame Vision July 8-12, 2019
Saints & Scholars July 12-19, 2019

Option 2:
Notre Dame Vision July 15-19, 2019
Saints & Scholars July 19-26, 2019

Cost

A $800 registration fee covers both weeks (Vision and Saints & Scholars)

How to apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until no spots remain. The application process is different from the regular Vision application.

Apply now to Saints & Scholars

Application Details

Apply Now to Notre Dame Vision!

 

Early Deadline (April 6)

Regular deadline* (May 18)

Online Application

Print Application
Individual $350/person plus $100 deposit $375/person plus $100 deposit Individual Form Individual Form
Group of 5+

$325/person plus $100 deposit

$350/person plus $100 deposit

Group Member Form

Group Organizer Form

Group Member Form

Group Organizer Form

Saints and Scholars $425/person plus $375 deposit $425/person plus $375 deposit Apply Online Not available

*Notre Dame Vision will accept applications up to 28 days prior to the start of each session, if spots remain.

Instructions for applying

Group organizers - please read the instructions before starting

1. Select the application form for applying as an individual or group.

2. Submit the application form online (pay by credit card) or by mail (checks payable to Notre Dame Vision). Applications submitted without deposits will not be processed.

3. Complete registration by submitting the registration packet and final payment by May 22.

4. Prepare for Notre Dame Vision by reading Information You Need to Know.

Financial assistance

We encourage students to apply for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship. A limited amount of financial assistance is also available. Submit this form to be considered. Deadlines for 2019 registration will be announced this fall.

Wait list

2019 wait list procedures will be posted when registration opens in September.

Contact us

Please complete this form to contact a member of the Notre Dame Vision staff.

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