Student Life

Student life at the Augustine Institute is focused on the intentional formation of community. Besides the daily availability of the sacraments and spontaneous conversations occurring in the Tolle Lege coffeebar, opportunities abound for times of communal prayer, recreation, and discipleship–both within the Institute and in the greater Denver Catholic community.

Augustine Institute Community


At the beginning of every academic year, the Augustine Institute hosts an orientation and dinner for all new on-campus students. The faculty covers topics such as the mission of the Augustine Institute, the importance of maintaining healthy academic and spiritual commitments, and institutional policies.

Please refer to the Student Center’s Academic Calendar for dates.

Convocation Mass

The Convocation Mass is a ceremonial beginning to the student’s life at the Augustine Institute. During this Mass, students prepare for the academic, spiritual, and personal formation they will receive from the Augustine Institute in order to carry out the Church’s mission, and faculty members renew their oaths of fidelity.

Mountain Getaway

Every year the faculty members at the Augustine Institute take the AI students on a weekend retreat in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. During this time, students have the opportunity to share in fellowship, communion, activities, and prayer with the faculty and other students.
Please refer to the Student Center’s Academic Calendar for dates.

Culture Events

Events include movie nights, weekly Sunday brunch, literature readings, musical events, and other cultural events either hosted internally or attended in the Denver area.

Weekend Pilgrimages

Throughout the year, several faculty members at the Augustine Institute host weekend trips for students. These trips include traveling to monasteries, convents, and various Catholic shrines around the neighboring states.


In the spirit of friendly rivalry, the Augustine Institute faces off each fall on the soccer field against the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). Students are encouraged to contribute their athletic prowess or spiritual intercession for the team.


Formed at the initiative of the students, households provide an opportunity for students to pursue holiness through the joys and challenges of communal life. Households entail more than shared living space—they embody the members’ desire to walk in fellowship, support one another in love, and center their daily lives on the sacraments. Members commit to times of prayer, shared meals, fellowship, and the responsibilities of maintaining a home.

Denver Catholic Activities

Archbishop’s Lecture Series

Every month, the Archdiocese of Denver hosts a guest speaker at Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary to give a presentation about various Catholic topics. Many of these guest speakers meet separately with students at the Augustine Institute to provide an additional presentation that includes a question and answer session. For more information, see the Archdiocese of Denver website.

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap is a great opportunity for young adults to meet in a comfortable setting to explore the Faith and how it affects our lives. Every Theology on Tap offers you a chance to get your fill on an engaging topic and fellowship with a room full of young adults—all at a great bar and grill. For more information and to see a schedule, visit the Denver Catholic Young Adults Theology on Tap page.

Young Catholic Professionals

Young Catholic Professionals Denver (YCP Denver) provides free events featuring networking, professional speakers, and spiritual growth. For more information, visit the YCP Denver website.

Catholic Young Adult Sports

Catholic Young Adult Sports provides recreational sports leagues in Denver for those 18-39 years old. Find more information.

Vigil Praise

The seminarians in the Archdiocese of Denver invite all young adults to join them once a month for Vigil Praise at Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary. Vigil praise includes Divine Office prayer, Eucharistic adoration, and confession. For more information and to see the latest schedule, visit the Vigil Praise website.

Christ in the City

Christ in the City is a local apostolate serving the poorest of the poor in the city of Denver: the homeless population. Every second Saturday of the month, they host a lunch in the park to help build community with this underserved population. For more information about volunteer opportunities, see the Christ in the City website.