CHS Students and Faculty Members Participate in the Catholic Leadership Program
In the mountains of Estes Park, Colorado, where mountains were still topped with snow and elk, mule deer, chipmunks, ground squirrels and rabbits added to the beauty of the surroundings, 51 students and 18 staff members from Catholic High School and St. Josephí´s Academy embarked on a íÍlife-changingíñ pilgrimage that is Catholic Leadership Program (CLP).
On Monday, June 1, 2015, CLP participants began their journey to Colorado where they would spend the next six days focusing on building leadership skills through large group presentations, small group discussions, team building exercises, problem solving activities, Liturgy and prayer experiences.
íÍOn this trip, it was not the outdoors that impacted me, but the sense of community and trust,íñ commented Ryan Aultman í´18.
CHS faculty member Charles Jumonville, who had participated in the Catholic Leadership Initiative program through the Baton Rouge Diocese, introduced students from CHS and SJA to the Catholic Leadership Program. Through daily devotions, prayer services, meditations and team building exercises, CLP participants gained a deeper connection to who they are as servant leaders.
íÍI was so pleased that CLP stayed true to its name: a program that concentrated on the great elements of our Catholic faith as well as elements of leadership. Both of these elements will serve the student well,íñ commented Jumonville.
CLP participants were assigned to assist with every piece of the leadership program. Each day groups assisted with the daily prayer services and energizer activities. Participants spent time learning practical leadership skills while gaining knowledge of what it means to be a servant leader for God. Team members were able to test their leadership skills through several hikes through the Rocky Mountain National Park, including Bear Lake and also visited the Trail Ridge Road’s Alpine Visitor Center.
íÍI personally loved the experience. What most impacted me was the leadership of those around me because they all led by example. It was a wonderful experience and I would strongly suggest it to people who are thinking about it,íñ stated Chandler Kelleher í´16.