Is there an age limit for Ecclesia?
Yes, you must be between the age of 18-35 to attend the Ecclesia Institute. However, this restriction does not apply to priests or religious. Possible exceptions can be made, depending on the circumstances.
Do I have to be an experienced hiker/camper to attend Ecclesia?
No you do not! Every year we have participants from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from those who have never hiked in their life, to those who regularly take backpacking trips. If this is your first time hiking, we are very excited to share it with you! If you are an expert, you will have a great time exploring the Badlands!
While the hike is available to all, it is physically demanding and includes:
- Sleeping 3 consecutive nights outside in tents, on the ground.
- Hiking up to 10 miles/day for two consecutive days
- The hikes will be in moderate terrain, with portions up steep hills.
- Temperatures during the hike will most likely range from 70-100 degrees fahrenheit.
If you have any concerns about meeting these challenges, please indicate this in the appropriate section of your application, or contact us for more information.
Do I have to be discerning a religious vocation to come?
Absolutely not! Ecclesia is designed to prepare the leaders of the New Evangelization, of which the laity is an integral and irreplaceable part. Ecclesia is about preparing you to witness to Christ, no matter what your state in life may be.
Is Ecclesia a good place to discern a vocation to the priesthood or religious life?
While it is not a requirement to be discerning your vocation to come to Ecclesia, it is a great place for that discernment to take place! Several vocations to the various religious orders, diocesan priesthood, and the married life have all been received from God by participants at the Ecclesia Institute.
I am a priest or religious, can I come to Ecclesia?
Absolutely! The Ecclesia Institute is proud to offer formation for the laity, religious, and priests. If you are a religious or priest and are interested in personally attending Ecclesia, please contact us for more information.
Is Ecclesia a good place to send my team to be formed for ministry?
Ecclesia is specially designed to offer formation for ministry positions such as catechists, missionaries (local and international), teachers, parish staff, and more! Please see our overview of formation page for more information, and reach out to us to let us know if you would like to send a group.
Do I have to be Catholic to come?
The formation provided at the Ecclesia Institute flows from the heart of the Catholic Church, but that does not mean that you have to be Catholic to come! You just have to be willing to participate in the program as much as you are able. Our staff is happy to speak with you personally to discern if this is the best opportunity for you, so if you are not Catholic but feel that the Lord is inviting you to this program, please contact us.
How much does it cost?
Ecclesia costs $3,600 for room, board, academic credits, transportation during the program, camping, and more ($2,000 for non-credit seeking participants). Please see our "Cost" page for more information.
I want to come to Ecclesia, but I can't...
If you cannot come to Ecclesia for any reason, but would like to, please consider some of the other programs offered by Eagle Eye Ministries. Other programs offered by Eagle Eye Ministries include:
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