"If you are what
you should be,
you will set the whole world ablaze!"
- Saint Catherine of Siena
The Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University is the home for the Christ the Teacher Institute, its newest educational initiative. The institute is a critical addition to Sheil’s mission of forming Catholic leaders for the Church and the world through the integration of scholarship, prayer, service and leadership.
Christ the Teacher Institute offers opportunities for learners of all ages to deepen their faith and integrate it into their day-to-day lives. For students, this means integrating their academic, spiritual and personal lives through seminars, retreats and theological reflection. For associates and other NU community members, this means participating in intellectually stimulating seminars that help deepen their faith and understanding of the church’s teachings.
Offering numerous ways to be involved, Christ the Teacher Institute encompasses four unique programs:
- Sheil Seminars are open to everyone at Sheil, at
Northwestern and in the community who wants concise and challenging
presentations and discussions on various aspects of Catholic teaching.
Learn more >
- The Catholic Scholars Program welcomes students
who participate in an integrated framework of seminars, theological
reflection, prayer, service and leadership in either a basic or advanced
track. Students who apply and are accepted are eligible to receive
scholarships of up to $10,000. Learn
- Catholic Fellowships in Church Leadership give
students a stipend to spend one or more years focusing on one area
of Church Leadership under the guidance of a staff mentor. Learn
- The Kenneth C. Simpson Essay Prize is awarded to the student in any discipline who writes the best essay on the influence or foundations of Catholic thought in his or her discipline. The prize consists of $1,000 and the opportunity for a public lecture on campus. Learn more>
During the summer, students may apply to become Catholic Scholars or Catholic Fellows in Church Leadership. Both demand a serious commitment in order to fulfill the specific requirements at either the basic or the advanced levels. In addition, any student in any discipline may compete for the Simpson Essay Prize each spring.
Explore each of these programs further — and find details and program applications — at the links above or to your left.
The Christ the Teacher Institute is directed by Dr. Mary Deeley, who holds an M.Div from Yale University and a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Early Christian Literature from Northwestern University. She has taught, worked, and ministered in academic settings since 1978. Mary is the author of a Mothers, Lovers, Priests, Prophets, and Kings: What the Old Testament Tells Us About God and Ourselves, Daybreaks: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas, and Remembering God: Resting in the Midst of Life all published by Liguori Press, as well as numerous reflections and articles on the bible, lectionary readings, scripture, campus ministry, and young adults. Mary is also a frequent speaker on such diverse topics as Evangelization, Discernment, Preaching, Liturgical and Celtic Spirituality, Prayer, and Ministry and Leadership. She particularly enjoys working with young adults in formation and discernment. Dr. Deeley interacts personally with the students and teaches some of the seminars for Christ the Teacher. She serves as an advisor to all Catholic Scholars and as the Pastoral Associate for the Sheil Catholic Center.