The cost

How does Ecclesia stay so affordable?

While $4,046 is by no means a small expense, it has an amazing value for what is received.  This pays for food, credits, lodging, the time of the 6 Religious brothers and sisters,  7 lay staff members, the use of the facilities at the University of Mary, the hike, the silent retreat, and more! 

So how is this possible, what's the catch? There is no catch - it is made possible first of all through the generosity of of the University of Mary. The Religious also are very generous of their time, and the lay staff all make sacrifices to come and serve at Ecclesia. 

It is also made possible through the kindness and generosity of donors. These donors, both great and small, contribute to Eagle Eye Ministries in order to spread the Gospel, and these funds allow us to not only meet our costs, but also provide as many scholarships as we can. For more information on donating to Ecclesia, please see below.


How do I pay for Ecclesia?

Most participants pay for Ecclesia using a combination of personal funds and fundraising. Scholarships are also available for those with greater need. Please see below for more information.


When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due during the acceptance process to secure your spot at Ecclesia. The remaining balance for Ecclesia is due in full on the first day of Ecclesia (June 18th), and is non-refundable. This does not apply to current University of Mary students.


Can I fundraise for this?

Absolutely! We encourage participants to fundraise from their community for the formation they will receive at Ecclesia, so that they can return and generously give to their community from the formation they have received at Ecclesia. For information on fundraising for Ecclesia, please see below. 


Are there scholarships available?

Yes, please see below for more information on scholarships.

Scholarships, Fundraising, & Donations

The Ecclesia Institute is happy to offer assistance to potential participants in financial need. We do this in order to assist as many people as possible to respond to the call of the New Evangelization and receive formation through the Ecclesia program. There are three ways in which this assistance is made possible and offered.


Christ chose that after His Ascension the Gospel should be spread throughout the world by means of a community, His Church (latin: "Ecclesia"). The Lord made us for community, and we encourage potential participants to come to Ecclesia with the support of their local community, so that they can receive formation that will in turn benefit their community. Fundraising consists in asking your community for financial support that will give you the opportunity to come to Ecclesia.

In order to assist with the fundraising process, we have assembled a "Fundraising Packet." The fundraising packet contains a variety of resources including an overview of the biblical background for fundraising, a clear explanation on how to fundraise, and some sample fundraising letters from past participants. To get a copy of our fundraising packet emailed to you, or to answer any questions, please contact us.

Please note - in order to receive a fundraising packet, you must have already applied and been accepted into the Ecclesia Institute. However, you do not need to apply for a scholarship to receive the fundraising packet.


Awards are based on the expressed financial need of the applicant, availability of scholarship funds, and the applicants desire to benefit from the unique formation provided at Ecclesia in order to further the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the service of Church. 

There are a limited number of scholarships available, please apply as soon as possible! They are awarded until we run out of funds. If you would like to make a scholarship donation, please contact us or see below.

To apply for a scholarship, click here.


In order to provide formation at the service of the Gospel for the most affordable costs possible, the Ecclesia Institute and Eagle Eye Ministries depend upon donations.  For more information on donating, please visit Eagle Eye Ministries.

We are eternally grateful for all those who make sacrifices to donate to Ecclesia and other ministries of Eagle Eye. Without these generous donations, we could not continue our work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.