SHU Journey

To God and the World Through the Catholic Intellectual Tradition


A Lilly Endowment Summer Theological Institute for High School Youth

June 23, 2019 - June 28, 2019

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SHU JourneyWhat is the SHU Journey?

‌‌SHU Journey is an extraordinary six day residential summer experience of faith education, self- discovery, and enjoyment for high school youth. We invite you to join in this dynamic week with 24 of your peers and six of our own college students who will lead you in an exploration of faith, in small group conversations learning about yourself and real life issues, in sharing profound prayer, liturgies, and excellent music, providing service in the community, hearing famous Catholic leaders whose wisdom and experience will expand your understanding of faith, and having many fun activities on a beautiful, vibrant spiritually rich and welcoming college campus.

Why should I attend SHU Journey?

Student at MassSHU Journey is for those high school students who want to develop a better understanding of faith in their life, develop their ability to become a leader in their Church and school, deepen their self -awareness and self -understanding, develop a greater sense of direction and purpose in their life, become more motivated in school and activities, develop strong family and personal relationships, increase awareness of their own gifts and their role as a young man or woman in the Church. High School Students who are involved in their Churches, Campus Ministry, Music Ministry, Community Service are all students who will benefit greatly from participating in SHU Journey.


What does the week include?

ChoirThis exceptional week is filled with exciting activities, events, and experiences including faith instruction, small group conversations about real life issues, music ministry, prayer, reflection, liturgy, journaling, community service, key note speakers, a day trip to The Cloisters, fun activities every day, all meals and snacks, rooming with peers and Mentors in the residence hall, free time.

Who can attend?

SHU Journey invites Catholic high school students from rising sophomores to rising seniors who are interested in growing in and becoming leaders in their faith. SHU Journey is developed specifically for young men and women who want to become more knowledgeable, effective, confident, faith-filled leaders in their parishes, schools, and communities.

When and Where?

SHU Journey takes place on the beautiful campus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. SHU Journey begins Sunday, June 23, 2019 and concludes on Friday, June 28, 2019. Students stay in one of the University's comfortable residence halls.

How much does it cost and how do I apply?

‌There are no costs. This Summer Theology Institute is funded by the Lilly Endowment. Each of the 24 high school youth selected to participate in this program will receive a $500 scholarship for attending this Summer Institute. Only 24 high school youth can be accepted for this Summer Institute. Applications must be in no later than May 1, 2019. If a group is applying, please have each individual complete a separate application and note on the form the name of the group with whom they are affiliated.

Safety and Supervision

CampusThe campus of Sacred Heart University is an extremely safe campus situated in the suburb of north Fairfield. In addition, six College student mentors, the Director of the Institute, the Coordinator of Diocesan Youth Programs, SHU Faculty, SHU Residence Hall Directors will be part of the Institute day and evening. The residence hall accommodations will be separated by gender--young men and women will stay in separate areas. Dr. Michelle Loris, Director of the Institute, Coordinator of Youth Programs for the Diocese, the six College Mentors, and Residence Hall Director will be in the Residence Hall throughout the week, day and evening with these high school youth. No one is allowed in the Residence Hall other than SHU Journey participants and staff. All SHU Journey faculty and staff members will have completed the VIRTUS training for the Diocese. Sacred Heart University security will be on campus throughout the week. The Institute Director, the Coordinator of Youth programs for the Diocese, Faculty, Staff, and College Student Mentors will accompany and be in attendance with the high school youth throughout the week, in every activity, day and evening. 


Michelle Loris, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Associate Dean, CAS
Chair, Catholic Studies
Tel: 203-396-8020

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June 27, 2018

"On the second day of SHU Journey 2018, high school students are gathered in a Sacred Heart University classroom to discuss what it means to be servant leaders. With notebooks and pens ready, they are attentive and ready to engage. Dr. June-Ann Greeley told students, 'We are called to be leaders, we are called to be servants...'"

Sacred Heart University Gives Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre Honorary Degree

February 24, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. Christophe Pierre received an honorary degree during Sacred Heart University’s Special Academic Convocation Wednesday, Feb. 22, and also shared his thoughts on Pope Francis’s vision of the church in the 21st century during an evening lecture at the University’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

High Schoolers Deepen Their Faith During Immersive SHU Journey

July 15, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—High school students from across the state met at Sacred Heart University in late June, prepared to embark on a journey of faith learning, self-exploration, music ministry, prayer, liturgy and community service. The six-day summer institute brought 33 high school students and seven SHU mentors together for the University’s first “SHU Journey: To God and the World Through the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.” A $559,654 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. funded the program, for which interested students applied in the spring.