How to Run Away From Home: Preparing for College as a Catholic

Nov 13, 2021
Swift Hall
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Jared OrtizHope College

Fr. Andrew SummersonUniversity of Toronto and Lumen Christi Institute

Cosponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago Vocations Office and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.


You’ve been told since you started school that you need to go away to college. Leave home, get an education, and begin “adulting.”

Everyone has a "guide" for the journey: Kaplan, Fiske, US News, Princeton Review, and so on.

But if you're looking for an account of how to leave home in order to find it, you won't find a better guide than Scripture, believe it or not. The Bible can be considered one big story of leaving home in order to find it, along with the hazards and holy moments along the way. It’s inspired countless Christians to journey, to search, to become pilgrims.

>> Don’t make a decision about where you’ll go or who you’ll be in college without considering this conference. <<

Join us as we explore the theme of "leaving home" in Scripture, literature, and history. From Genesis to Revelation, we'll explore how the theme of "leaving home" is developed and elaborated. Then, we will look at the life of St. Anthony the Great, who decided to leave home and go to the desert simply by hearing the Gospel.


How should you leave home? Come find out.



Open to all high school students.



9-9:30am Registration and Grab-and-Go Breakfast

9:30-9:45am Welcome and Opening Prayer

9:45-10:15am Lecture #1 on Salvation History

10:15-10:30am Q&A #1

10:30am-11:15am Break and Game

11:15-11:45am Lecture #2 on the life of St. Anthony

11:45am-12:00pm Q&A #2

12:00pm-1:00pm Grab-and-Go Lunch & Discussion Group

1-1:30pm Eucharistic Adoration

1:30-2:30pm Reflection Time


Cost: $20. Scholarships are available. Parents and teachers who bring students can attend for free.

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Jared Ortiz is Associate Professor of Religion at Hope College and Executive Director of the Saint Benedict Institute. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago, an MA from St. John's College, and an MA and PhD from Catholic University of America. Prof. Ortiz works on Latin patristic thought, especially St. Augustine. His current research is in the themes of politics, holiness and disability in Augustine’s City of God.  He is author of You Made Us for Yourself: Creation in St. Augustine's Confessions (Fortress Press, 2016).

Rev. Andrew Summerson, S.Th.D. is Assistant Professor of Greek Patristics at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies in the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, parish priest at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Whiting, Indiana, and Program Fellow in Patristics and Eastern Christianity at the Lumen Christi Institute. He is the author of Divine Scripture and Human Emotion in Maximus the Confessor (Brill 2021). He is currently working on a monograph exploring Maximus the Confessor's interpretation of Gregory Nazianzen.