Students

Do you have pressing questions about God, life, or religion that no one seems to able to answer? Then, L3 is for you!

Do you sometimes wonder about the meaning of life and your place? Then, L3 is for you!

Do you have questions about the Catholic church, its history, traditions, and missions? Then, L3 is for you!

To help answer these questions, Brescia University has developed an institute for high school students called “Living and Leading with Love.” Starting with the call of Jesus to love one another, you and other teens will explore deeply what it means to love as Jesus does.

Identity, Knowledge, and Action

During the program, participants will:

1) encounter Jesus’ call to love; (Who am I?)

2) explore the meaning of that love; and  (What does this all mean?)

3) identify practical ways of putting that love into action. (What should I do?)


Who should apply?

Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors living in western Kentucky who already have a strong interest in theology and desire to learn more. Students should be also be interested in learning about themselves through reflection, willing to provide service to the community, dedicated to completing course work, and ready to become a servant leader.

Only 20 students will be accepted into the program each year.

How much does it cost?

Living and Leading with Love will expect participants to make a contribution toward their involvement. Students will pay a one-time annual fee of $150 that will cover their participation in the five core activities. Additionally, students who desire to receive college credit will pay $15 per credit hour, $45 for the Fall 2018 three credit hour course and $15 for the Spring 2019 one credit hour course.

If you are unable to afford these fees but feel that you are great fit for our program, scholarships are available. Contact the program Director for more information.

 Fees will be paid upon acceptance into the program.

How do I apply?

Students should complete the online application. Students will also be required to submit one recommendation letter from a church official, religious educator/teacher, or school counselor. Applications received by April 1, 2017 will be given first priority.

Click here to apply now!

What will I be doing in L3?

In addition to connecting with students like you, L3 participants will be involved in five core learning experiences, each of which will address the three goals of the program.

  • Initial Retreat. Students will come to Brescia for an overnight retreat. The purpose of the initial retreat is to introduce the participants to each other and others who will be working with the program. The initial retreat will include orientation to the program, prayer and worship, theological reflection, and team building.
  • Online experience. (August 14 – December 9, 2017) The unique factor of this program is the online component that seeks to build on the community formed at the initial retreat and continue to assist the participants in the completion of the key goals of the program. Students will meet online twice per month in a chat-room provided by Brescia and participate in discussion and prayer. There will be discussion forums, quizzes, theological reflection, prayer experiences, and social media opportunities.
  • Mid-year renewal experience. (December 15 – 16, 2017) Students will participate in an overnight mid-year renewal experience focused on environmental stewardship and servant leadership. The experience will take place at a site of religious significance, such as Mount Saint Joseph or St. Meinrad, providing opportunity for personal growth, strengthened spiritual bonds, and expanded cultural knowledge.
  • Spring Practicum – Community Service. (January 8 – May 5, 2018) During the year, participants will also engage in service learning in their local communities. With the guidance from mentors, participants will be encouraged to work with established service programs in their communities. As a mid-year incentive and spring semester focus, participants will be allotted $100 each to use in service projects at the non-profit where they are serving. This will be presented as an opportunity to learn about the needs of the organization, budget issues, and philanthropy in general. Participants will be expected to complete at least ten hours of service during the spring semester to graduate the program.
  • Intensive on campus experience. (June 11 – 15, 2017) The program will end with an on-campus, intensive, five-day experience at Brescia University. The purpose of this camp will be to bring together the theological reflections of the past year into a final integration. Students will participate in team building activities, planning and attending mass, day trips, service projects, and individual and group reflections.             

Why should I participate in L3?

The program will be a big investment of your time, but if you meet the qualifications listed above, this program will be very beneficial to you:

  • This is an opportunity for you to explore religion and theology in a close-knit community of deeply committed Christians who are experts in their fields.
  • This is an opportunity to learn about yourself through individual and group reflection, a theological project of your choosing, and participating in the StrengthsQuest process.
  • This is an opportunity to give back to your community and a non-profit organization of your choice, as well as serve those less fortunate during your summer camp experience on campus.
  • You will improve your leadership skills.
  • Upon graduating, this is an excellent activity to include on college applications and job applications.
  • Juniors and seniors may choose to participate and earn college credit for completion of the program.
  • You will make lifelong friends and develop relationships with mentors who can help you through your high school career.