Christian Leadership Institute 2017

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General Information
Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) is a program that empowers young people to become leaders by preparing them to serve on their parish or campus ministry leadership teams.  It is an intense week of training during which participants lean new skills, put those skills into action, and explore what it means to live in community.  It requires a lot of work on the part of participants, yet it is fun and exciting.  While it is based in a Catholic context, CLI is not a retreat.

CLI will take place July 24-29, 2017 at DePaul Evangelization Center in Montebello.  Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation.

Each parish or school may send up to five participants to CLI.  Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.  Spaces can only be reserved by submitting a completed application with the leader recommendation form and deposit.  If space is available, a limited number of adults who serve as Youth Ministry/Confirmation Coordinators, Campus Ministers, or Adult Volunteers may also participate in CLI.  Adult participants must submit copies of their current VIRTUS certificate and fingerprinting verification with their application in order for the application to be processed.

An information packet will be emailed to participants and their parents upon their acceptance to CLI.  Parish/school coordinators will be copied on the email.

Fee Information
The cost for CLI is $320 per participant.  A deposit of $150 (or full payment) per participant must be included with application packets.  The balance is due by July 7, 2017.  Make checks payable to: Office of Religious Education.

Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by July 7, 2017.  No refunds will be issued after July 7, 2017.

Applicants seeking financial assistance must submit a Scholarship Request Form by June 16, 2017.  Contact Katie Zeigler at  for further information.
***Members of the National Association for Catholic Youth Ministry (NACYML) receive a $50 discount from the total due for CLI participants from their parish or school (one discount per parish/school). Please attach a short note with your NACYML Membership Number to the Coordinator Checklist & Coversheet when submitting your parish/school's application packet. Thank you for being part of this professional organization!

Application Materials for 2017
Below you will find the CLI participant application materials.  Please give a copy of the appropriate application form (youth or adult) to each participant from your parish or school.  Completed applications must be returned to the parish/school coordinator.  Coordinators should review all applications to make sure all information has been completed and is legible.  Coordinators must also complete the Leader Recommendation Form for each participant and attach it to the application.

All applications from a parish/school should be submitted in one packet.  The packet must include a completed Coordinator Checklist & Coversheet, all completed applications with Leader Recommendation Forms attached, and the deposit of $150 (or full $320 payment) per participant.  Checks must be made payable to: Office of Religious Education.  Be sure to keep copies for your records.

Coordinator Checklist & Coversheet 2017
This form must be completed by coordinators and attached with their parish/school's applications, leader recommendations, and deposit.
This form must be completed by youth applicants and returned to their parish/school coordinator.

Adult Participant Application for 2017

This form must be completed by adult applicants and returned to their parish/school coordinator.
The parish/school coordinator must complete this form (separately) for each applicant and attach it to the participant's application.

Please mail your parish/school's packet of application materials (with deposit) to:
Katie Zeigler
Office of Religious Education - CLI
3424 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Application packets will be reviewed upon receipt.  Coordinators will be contacted as soon as possible regarding any problems accepting an applicant for CLI.  Please remember that CLI fills up quickly.  Spaces are filled on a first-come-first-served basis and can only be reserved by submitting a completed application with leader recommendation and deposit.

Selecting and Supporting Participants
Below you will find information to help coordinators discern which young people should be invited to attend CLI this year, and suggestions to help parishes, schools and families support CLI participants.
Helpful suggestions to the coordinator when choosing candidates for CLI.
Suggested questions to use when determining which young people you will send to CLI.

Information that coordinators can share with the parents, pastors or principals of young people attending CLI.

An example of the daily schedule for the week of CLI to help coordinators explain the experience to young people and parents.
Parish and School Support Ideas for CLI
Suggestions of ways in which the parish or school might support participants attending CLI. 
Helpful suggestions on how a young person's family might support them for CLI. 

For more information, contact Katie Zeigler at or (213) 637-7616.