About Us

Franciscan CORE is a five-day summer, residential program which offers education, experience, and reflection on Catholic Social Teaching themes and principles using a Franciscan lens. Each day will include prayer, intentional learning, and interaction with people in the field of social justice, direct service, and time to process those experiences. 

Franciscan CORE is funded by a Lilly Endowment grant supporting Theology Institutes for High School Youth focusing primarily on opportunities for youth to 1) explore in-depth sacred scriptures and theological traditions and examine the moral and ethical dimensions of contemporary challenges; 2) draw on the wisdom of their religious tradition as they make decisions about their futures; and 3) consider vocations in full-time ministry and religious leadership. 

Our unique program is supported by partnership with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA), Catholic Charities of La Crosse, and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of La Crosse. The program administration is a partnership between Viterbo University's Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy and Campus Ministry.