As the primary educator in your teen’s life, you have an incredible responsibility as the first teachers in the ways of faith. Brescia University and the “Living and Leading with Love” program will support you in teaching your teen about his or her faith and how it applies to all parts of life.

During the yearlong program, students will:

  • Explore religion and theology in a close-knit environment with deeply committed Christians who are experts in their fields.
  • Learn about themselves through individual and group reflection, a theological project of their choosing, and participating in the StrengthsQuest process.
  • Give back to their communities and a non-profit organization of their choice, as well as participate in meaningful service projects during the summer camp experience on campus (i.e. a Habitat House).
  • Improve their leadership skills.
  • Gain an excellent experience that he or she can include on college applications and job applications.
  • Choose to participate and earn college credit for completion of the program.
  • Make lifelong friends and develop relationships with mentors who can help through their high school careers.

To learn more about the programmatic elements and application information, visit the Student page.

The program is guided by a steering committee made up of Brescia’s President, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, and theology faculty, as well as community partners from the diocesan Catholic school system and Diocese of Owensboro.

Dr. Emily DeMoor, who is the Program Director, has experience in Catholic theology, education, and ministry to youth. In addition to the guidance from the Steering Committee, Dr. DeMoor will be assisted by volunteers from Brescia University, local parishes, and Catholic schools, as well as university student mentors.

Safety and Supervision

The campus of the Brescia University is a very safe campus, situated at the entrance of downtown Owensboro. The security and supervision of students are of the utmost importance as we plan and implement the program.

  • Using Brescia University residence halls, students will live in segregated housing; men are never allowed in the women’s hall, and vice versa. No one other than participants and program staff and volunteers, and other authorized University staff members, are ever allowed in the dorms.
  • Program volunteers live in the dorms with the participants and serve as resident counselors.
  • All staff members and volunteers complete the Diocese of Owensboro Safe Environment Training, in addition to passing criminal background checks.
  • The local police department and fire departments serve the campus community and are only blocks away.
  • Security personnel are also present on Brescia’s campus.