CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP ENCOUNTER (CLE) is a leadership program that incorporates practical leadership skills, team work, prayer, intentional faith formation and physical challenge, into a 10-day experience in line with the holistic philosophy of education according to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Each June, more than 50 students from CHS and SJA journey to the majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains to experience CLE. Students participate in team building activities and outdoor adventures as they learn about the charisms of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and Sisters of St. Joseph. They are challenged to reflect on God-centered responses to practical leadership situations. In addition to spiritual formation, students will develop active listening techniques, consensus building, delegating responsibility, managing conflict and problem-solving skills, on their way to becoming young Catholic leaders. The CLE program expects the men and women chosen to rise to every challenge issued, offer insights to discussion and passion to each activity. CLE offers shared experiences of challenge, growth, prayer and encounter that create a sense of unity. For many, this “mountain top” experience directly translates to becoming, for example, a better band member, student council member, athlete, student minister or student leader in the * Honors Program Scholar classroom.
The program invites students to reflect on their own sense of vocation, to evaluate their potential and capability and to move beyond themselves and embrace society, their school, parish, and family more fully by responding to God’s call to become a servant leader. CLE staff consists of faculty from CHS and SJA as well as previous participants in the CLE program. An incredible 1:3 ratio of adult staff to students makes for a well-planned, safe environment that will foster growth expeditiously. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors from CHS and SJA are eligible to apply. There are limited spots remaining for the 2017 summer Encounter.
º Academic Program Scholar
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