Catholic Leadership Institute

The Catholic Leadership Institute is a week-long youth leadership training program held at the end of June. 

Details for 2017:

June 24-30, 2017

Christ the King Seminary

East Aurora, NY

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What are youth saying about CLI?

"Before attending CLI I felt nervous about being in a new place for a week with people I hadn't known. I felt shy in my faith as it's hard to express it when not everyone around me has the same sense of faith as I do. During the week I opened up to people, quickly realizing that everyone there had a similar sense of faith as I do and that it is okay to embrace it openly. I also got to practice my leadership skills, which is quite helpful when it comes to being on the Diocesan Youth Board. By the end of the week I felt secure and confident in my faith, like no one could knock me down from the high that I was on. I had made lasting friendships and strengthened my relationship with God. Experiencing CLI was an opportunity that I am thankful for everyday. "--2016 CLI Participant

"CLI was an amazing experience which allowed me to strengthen my faith, build confidence, and make friends. After CLI, I was able to return to my parish and assist with planing to help our parish obtain more youth and people my age. Also, CLI improved my life skills including leadership and communication which helped me in school and other aspects of my life."--2015 CLI Participant

"CLI not only prepared me to be a leader, but also guided me to lead like Jesus. The skills I learned are useful and help to strengthen my relationship with God. It was a wonderful experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life." -2014 Participant


What are pastors and youth ministers saying about CLI?

"CLI gives our youth not only the awareness of their abilities, but the realization that the best place to use them to their fullest is in the Church."  Rev. Jerry Kopec, Pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul, Williamsville

"Sending young people to CLI is one of the best decisions that I have made for the good of our parish's youth ministry.  They come back excited, with greater knowledge of God, the church and the liturgy.  For me the most important thing was how these young people grew in self-confidence. I highly recommend CLI."  Msgr. David Lee, Pastor of Our Lady of Charity, Buffalo

"It was a great week."

"I did not want it to end."

"This past week was life-changing."

These are the responses I get when asking my teens how they liked the Christian Leadership Institute.  The teens do come back changed.  Not only have they learned skills to make them better leaders but the time at CLI brings them closer to the Lord and takes them deeper in their faith.  I see that they are bolder in their faith and have new tools to use to share their love of God with the Youth Group and the world in a mature and effective manner.  CLI also produces lifelong friendships.  My son attended CLI three years ago and still gets together with his "CLI friends".  I wish I could send my entire Youth Group to CLI. --William Tixier, St. Stephen's, Grand Island