July 19-25, 2020 Canisius College

Be the Light Youth Theology Institute

At Be the Light, we provide rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a week-long immersion in the faith that does justice.  Through experiences in the city of Buffalo and academic sessions led by Canisius faculty and friends, we witness and study real examples of justice and injustice.  Through workshops and leadership development activities, we provide the tools to identify and address similar issues wherever they may be found.  Through daily prayer, faith-sharing, and sacrament, we draw spiritual strength and insight from our Catholic, Jesuit tradition to fulfill our vocation as seekers of God’s kingdom of peace and justice.  Be educated.  Be inspired.  Be empowered.  Be the Light.   BTLI 2020 will occur from July 19-25, 2020, and applications for participants are now open! You can apply here through April 3, 2020.  Participants will be housed on campus at Canisius.  All meals will be provided.  For more information, including the application and nomination forms, please see the links below! For undergraduate students interested in applying to be a student leader for Be the Light, all current college freshman, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply.     

Applications for Be the Light 2020 are Open!

Apply here for Be the Light 2020! Applications are open until April 3, 2020. The deadline to apply for participants requesting travel assistance is March 6, 2020.
  • In the application, participants will need to list contact information for a nominator. This person should be a participant's teacher, pastor, youth minister, guidance counselor, or other wisdom figure. 
  • All rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply. 
  • Travel assistance and scholarships can help with airfare, program fees, bus tickets, etc.
  • The program fee is $100, and it includes all housing, meals, and transportation for the week of the Institute.

If you are a nominator for a participant, please use the nomination form here