Catholic Youth Conference receives grant from New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus

Mon, 06/04/2007 (All day)

Mobile, AL — Spring Hill College’s Catholic Youth Conference, “Experience the Hill,” received a social grant for $3,000 from the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus to support youth who need financial assistance in order to participate in this year’s event, scheduled for July 16-21.

The conference, now in its sixth year, is designed to bring the long tradition of Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises to high school youth, ages 15 to 18. It offers participants a week-long journey of discovering their deeper self in personal prayer and community sharing, exploring their faith and their calling, and experiencing Catholic teaching on service, sacrament, sexuality and social justice. Attendance is limited to 250 participants in order to maintain the quality of the experience.

“We are honored to have received this grant and especially happy that it will assist in making possible a broader participation in the conference,” said the Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J., department chair of theology and organizer of the conference.

The Society of Jesus, founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola and commonly called the Jesuits, is the largest religious order of the Catholic Church, with schools and missions throughout the world. Jesuits are known for the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises and their commitment to education of the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Spring Hill College is the third oldest of the 28 colleges and universities affiliated with Jesuits in the United States. Founded in 1830 by Michael Portier, the first bishop of Mobile, it is the oldest college in Alabama. Spring Hill strives to model the Jesuit approach of “Be more. Do more. Learn more. Serve better.”