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Exercising our Faith. Christian Life Community in the High School. Hunger for personal identity Hunger for intimacy in relationships Hunger for life-giving spirituality Hunger for meaningful work

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exercising our faith

Exercising our Faith

Christian Life Community in the High School

identifying real needs

Hunger for personal identity

  • Hunger for intimacy in relationships
  • Hunger for life-giving spirituality
  • Hunger for meaningful work

According to the USCCB Pastoral Plan for Ministry to Young Adults “Sons and Daughters of the Light”

~Community ~ Spirituality ~ Mission ~

Identifying Real Needs
hunger for community


  • Challenge
  • Accountability
  • Comfort
  • Companionship
Hunger for COMMUNITY
hunger for spirituality

Real experiences of Jesuit tradition and Ignatian Spiritulity

  • Personal encounters with God
  • Felt knowledge “sentir”
  • Deepen retreat experiences
hunger for mission

More to Mission than acts of service

  • Discovering our deep desires and natural giftedness
  • Awareness of the world’s greatest needs
  • Seeking the MAGIS
Hunger for MISSION
what is clc
What is CLC?

CLC stands for CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMUNITY. It is a lay world community of people who meet weekly or biweekly for prayer, discernment, and sharing.

CLC groups are usually comprised of 6-12 individuals from a common geographical locale, high school, university, or cultural community.

key components

Community: we gather as a community of faith, as a residence community (in some situations), as a school community, as a larger CLC community

  • Spirituality: grounded in the Spiritual Exercises, natural flow and continuation of Campus Ministry retreat experiences, deepening engagement of service experiences and immersion opportunities, finding God in all things
  • Mission: we are not just about service acts, we are about discerning how to best live and work and challenge ourselves in this world. How do my greatest gifts coincide with the world’s deep needs?
Key Components
what does a clc look like

Through weekly small group meetings, co-facilitated by a student coordinator and an adult guide

  • Participation in a variety of spiritual and mission-oriented events in the larger community.
What does a CLC look like?
sample meeting

Opening Prayer

  • Check In (how do you come?)
  • Formation Topic (reflection, prayer, discussion)
  • Evaluation and Review of Prayer (how do you leave?)
  • Closing Prayer
Sample Meeting
why clc on a campus

Many Involvements: a need to prioritize, reflect, and discern

  • Ignatian means of sharing faith
  • Non-threatening, welcomingenvironment to explore questions of life and faith
Why CLC on a Campus?
student growth in clc

Explore one’s personal vocation- a sense of being called uniquely by God

  • Introduction to the graces of the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises
  • Exposure to various methods of prayer: Awareness Examen, imaginative prayer, meditation, contemplation, review of prayer, colloquy, Sunday worship, annual retreat/days of recollection
Student Growth in CLC
adult guides and student clc

Young people and the desire for relationships with positive adult influences

  • CLC structure of adult guide, student coordinator, and peer sharing
  • Ignatian model of companionship
Adult Guides and Student CLC
where to learn more
Where to learn more…
  • www.clcyya.org - national Youth and Young Adult CLC
  • www.clc-usa.org - national website for CLC in the USA
  • www.cvx-clc.net - worldwide website for CLC
  • http://www.belenjesuit.org/studentlife/christianlifecommunity/CLCPAMPHLET.pdf- Belen Jesuit Prep in Miami, Florida has a number of resources listed online for High School CLC
clc contacts

Jen Horan, Western Region and National CLC jhoran@clcusawest.org

  • Christopher Nguyen SJ, Western Region Ecclesial Assistant ctnguyen@calprov.org
  • Jerry Hayes SJ, Loyola High Campus Minister
CLC Contacts