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On-Campus in Denver

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Explore the Denver Experience

Our on-campus program combines rigorous academic study, the shared pursuit of holiness, and apostolic action in Denver’s rich Catholic community. The majority of our on-campus students move to Denver to study full-time for two years, in which they are formed by our distinguished faculty, the Church’s primary sources, and the Divine Teacher himself. The life of the institute centers around the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offered daily by our full-time chaplain. Many on-campus students work in ministry to gain practical experience. Many also live together in student housing, providing ample opportunity for theological discussion. Students enjoy recreation and contemplate the beauty of creation in the nearby Rocky Mountains.

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Features of Our Community

Our Building

St. Augustine Chapel:
 Daily Mass; Eucharistic adoration; open for prayer during business hours.  

Tolle Lege Café:
 Study and meeting areas; gift shop; lunch with fellow students and faculty

Faculty Wing: Tea room; faculty doors open to students; students welcome to drop in to  discuss faith and academics

Library: Archbishop Aquila Library on-site; access to St. John Vianney Seminary and  Denver seminary libraries; Coming soon: a brand new library on our second  floor  

Sacraments &
Spiritual Life

Full-Time chaplain: Fr. James Claver of the  Servants of Christ Jesus

Daily Mass

Confession: Offered Regularly

Adoration: Exposition and benediction most  mornings

Spiritual Direction: By request

Student Life & Events

Mountain Getaway:  Beginning of each academic year, students,  faculty, and faculty families attend spiritual talks and go hiking in  Colorado Rockies, creating fellowship.

Open Mic Night: Once a month at Tolle Lege  Café, students and faculty share their talents.

Spiritual Conferences:
Three times a semester; includes dinner, Vespers, and spiritual discussion by  faculty and/or chaplain

Student Housing: Female and male houses are  available for incoming students in nearby neighborhood; live in a community  of faith with other students.

Student Jobs:
Typically, 15 hours per week in departments like STUDIOS, FORMED, Academics, etc.

Faculty- and Student-Led Events: Informal  events organized by faculty and students, including saints’ parties, dinners,  and brunches

Life in Denver

Parishes and Apostolates: Denver has a rich  Catholic community with thriving parishes, schools, religious orders, and missionary  apostolates.

Hiking and Camping:
 Surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation, students often take the  opportunity to exercise and explore.

Skiing/Snowboarding:
Right outside our windows to the west; several ski resorts are within an easy  drive.

City Scene:
Denver has an abundance of restaurants, craft breweries, and professional  sports teams. It also boasts a professional symphony and multiple theatre  companies.

Academic Life
Lecture-style Classes
Seminar-style Classes
Weekly Seminar
Library
Faculty Wing
Lecture Style Classes
Take courses that offer a rigorous handing-on of Christian doctrine, the majority of which are offered in lecture format in classrooms adorned with beautiful sacred art.
Seminar Style Classes
Enjoy select courses offered in seminar format for on-campus students only. This format emphasizes guided conversation, active participation, and a tailored pedagogy.
Weekly Seminar
Join your fellow students and a faculty member for a weekly one-hour seminar to draw together the themes treated across the curriculum into a coherent, synthetic vision of theological wisdom, and sharpen the tools you need to enter fruitfully into ecclesial work.
Library
Study in the Archbishop Aquila Library, which includes access and privileges at the St. John Seminary and Denver Seminary libraries. Watch for our new library set to open soon on our second floor.
Faculty Wing
Your open invitation awaits to drop by the faculty wing to discuss faith, academics and life in general with your professors
Devoted to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
-Acts 2:42
Sacraments and Spiritual Life
Full-Time Chaplain: Draw on the wise counsel of our full-time chaplain, Fr. James Claver of the Servants of Christ Jesus. Spiritual direction is provided by request.
St. Augustine Chapel: Enjoy Daily Mass in our St. Augustine Chapel, which remains open for prayer and Eucharistic adoration during business hours.
Confession: Partake of the sacrament of reconciliation with confession offered regularly and by appointment.
Spiritual Conferences: Draw strength from Spiritual Conferences that are offered three times a semester and include dinner, Vespers, and spiritual discussions by either a faculty member or our chaplain.
Adoration: Come and adore our Lord in the Eucharist, as exposition and benediction take place most mornings.
Student Life and Events
Mountain Getaway: Each academic year starts with a beautiful Mountain Getaway where students, faculty, and families attend spiritual talks and enjoy fellowship and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.
Tolle Lege Café: Settle in at the cozy Tolle Lege Café here on campus, a social hub where students study or gather in meeting areas to sip coffee, eat lunch with faculty, and discuss the latest great books.
Student Housing: Live in a community of faith with other students. Male and female houses are available in a nearby neighborhood for incoming students.
Student Work: Support your studies with a student job (typically 15 hours/week) at FORMED, Augustine Institute STUDIOS, the Café, or Academics.
Faculty and Student Led Events: Join in fun and informal events—such as saints’ parties, dinners and brunches— regularly organized and led by faculty or students.
Life in Denver
Catholic Community
The Great Outdoors
City Scene
Holy Sites
Catholic Community
Never lack for inspiration and community with Denver’s rich Catholic community, including thriving parishes, schools, religious orders, and missionary apostolates.
The Great Outdoors
Surround yourself in the beauty of God’s creation by joining regular hiking and camping outings, along with snowboarding and skiing trips, organized by fellow students.  We also partner with amazing Catholic leaders who are willing to guide your next adventure.
City Scene
Soak up city life in Denver, which boasts an abundance of restaurants, craft breweries, professional sports teams, an excellent symphony and multiple theatre companies.
Holy Sites
Go on a pilgrimage to visit the holy sites in the area such as the Mother Cabrini Shrine, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, St. Catherine’s Chapel on the Rock in Estes Park, and Cherry Creek State Park — the location of St. John Paul II’s historic World Youth Day in 1993.
Take courses that offer a rigorous handing-on of Christian doctrine, the majority of which are offered in lecture format in classrooms adorned with beautiful sacred art.

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MA Theology, ’15

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia