Christian Leadership Institute

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

Details for 2016:

June 24-30, 2016

Christ the King Seminary

East Aurora, NY

Download and print the 2016 Brochure 


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What are youth saying about CLI?

"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

"CLI helped me as a leader by giving me confidence. I'm in many leadership positions at school and on the Diocesan Youth Board because I learned true leadership skills and was able to practice them. I can honestly say that being at CLI was one of the best weeks of my life. My faith grew because I was surrounded and supported by teens of faith who wanted to grow as much as I did. Being around so many Catholic leaders strengthened my ability to stand up for my faith and lead with good morals and a confident smile."-2013 Participant

"CLI was one of the most life changing experiences I have ever had. Not only did I acquire great leadership skills, but I made lifelong friendships. It will be something that I will NEVER forget." -2012 Participant 

"A week where total strangers through faith, learning, sharing, and respect become one family...I saw how God brought everyone together to CLI for different reasons but we each came out with many new friends and knowledge of how to be Christian Leaders." - 2011 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