Engaging Students to Enliven the Ecclesial Mission, ESTEEM, is a program for upperclassmen college students at developed by St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale and the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. The main goal of this program is to keep young adult Catholics engaged and teach them how to effectively use their skills as Catholic lay leaders at their own parishes after they graduate.
"The heart of this program is that there is hope here, and the church needs it," explains Katie Byrnes, assistant chaplain at St. Thomas More. People are seeking student campuses out because they're alive, full of energy, and we need to bring that spirit to other parishes."
ESTEEM focuses on spirituality, education, community, and service which are some of the core elements of a catholic life. ESTEEM has meetings, retreats, and a Capstone Conference at Yale in New Haven. The program is still new, and St. John is one of only eight parishes currently participating. However, the program has been very successful and will most likely grow very rapidly.
"One of our greatest missions at St. John Church & Student Center is to send young adults into the world to stand up for justice and call our Church into greater dialogue with modern society- to live the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. The ESTEEM Program is one of our finest vehicles for that catechetical work with upperclassmen at MSU." -Fr. Mark Inglot discussing the importance of ESTEEM.
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