St. Kateri Institute


What Students Will Gain from the St. Kateri Institute

Students will gain an appreciation for the beauty of the creation in which we live, including an ability to see through the false gaps between praying, thinking, and playing!

Register for the St. Kateri Institute here.

What Students Will Do at the St. Kateri Institute

  • Educational tours and hikes in the natural surroundings of the greater Helena area.
  • Instructional time with Carroll College professors grounded in scripture and encyclicals.
  • Prayer time grounded in the daily teachings.
  • Reflections on the days’ activities and their spiritual significance.
  • Daily masses.
  • Down time with Carroll College students.

Our Program

The St. Kateri Institute for Integrative Learning at Carroll College provides high-school youth with a spiritual and academic experience that develops their understanding of the relationship between faith and reason under the beautiful big skies of Montana. Through fun and engaging activities, participants explore academic studies as a contemplative undertaking that contributes to spiritual discernment.

Our Mission

At the St. Kateri Institute, we seek to enhance the spiritual growth and life experience of high school youth by providing opportunities for:

  • exploring the mutually-informing relationship between faith and reason that is the foundation of a Catholic education
  • developing a catechetical sense of the Church's teachings on creation, salvation, and our place within God's work
  • contemplating upon and learning to articulate spiritually complex issues
  • reflecting upon the roles and responsibilities of members of the Catholic faith
  • considering how faith-based leadership opportunities fit into their unique and personal journeys toward vocational discernment

Dates and Costs (Dates and Costs have been changed in response to Covid-19)


The St. Kateri Institute for Integrative Learning

HELENA – Carroll College has received a grant of $355,153 to establish The St. Kateri Institute for Integrative Learning. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

The St. Kateri Institute for Integrative Learning at Carroll College provides high school youth with a spiritual and academic experience that develops their understanding of the relationship between faith and reason surrounded by the natural beauty of Montana. Through fun and engaging activities led by Carroll professors and students, participants explore academic studies as a contemplative undertaking that contributes to spiritual discernment. The week-long summer institute culminates with a capstone experience at Yellowstone National Park where participants will reflect on the beauty of God’s creation and their roles as Christian leaders in the future.

Dr. Eric Hall, the Hunthausen Professor of Peace and Justice at Carroll and director of the St. Kateri Institute states, “We really hope to help students overcome the chasm they oftentimes see between spiritual life and intellectual life. Only by overcoming this gulf can we engage in studies of, say, the environment with both a sense of objectivity and responsibility.”

By spending three days on the Carroll campus and three days in Yellowstone National Park, the curriculum will leverage Montana’s natural beauty to engage and contemplate the environment as the foundation for theological exploration, developing in students a spiritual, intellectual, and vocational framework for interacting responsibly with their natural surroundings. The one-week program for the summer of 2016 will be held June 25 through July 1. Participation is open to 40 high school aged students in the Pacific Northwest and participants are selected through an application process. More information will be available on the Carroll College website.

Carroll College is one of 82 schools participating in the initiative. Reflecting diverse and rich expressions of theological traditions, the colleges and universities are located in 29 states and the District of Columbia. The Endowment is giving $44.5 million in grants to help this select group of private four-year colleges and universities around the nation create these institutes. The grants are part of the Endowment’s commitment to identify and cultivate a cadre of theologically minded youth who will become leaders in church and society.

"These colleges and universities are well-positioned to reach out to high school students in this way," said Dr. Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the Endowment. "They have outstanding faculty in theology and religion who know how to help young people explore the wisdom of religious traditions and apply these insights to contemporary challenges."

Our Faculty

Dr. Eric Hall, Director

Dr. Eric HallDr. Hall, a professor at Carroll College, earned his doctorate in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University in 2011. He now directs the St. Kateri Institute inspiring youth to think theologically wherever their life takes them.

Fr. Marc Lennemen, Chaplain

Fr. Marc Lenneman photoFr. Marc has been the chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry at Carroll College since 2006. From Mass to the classroom, mountain biking trails, the hoops court, and on top of mountains, the truth of his favorite bible verse has been confirmed as Jesus says, "I came that you might have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10).

David Casey, Ministry Coordinator

Photo of David CaseyIn addition to serving as a Parish Director of Youth and Family Faith Formation since 2006, David Casey is a youth retreat leader, parish presenter, camp counselor trainer, speaker and worship leader.  He lives in Helena, MT with his wife, Deidre and their 7 children.

Contact Us

Let us know if you have any questions or would like to speak with the director.

Dr. Eric Hall
Director, St. Kateri Institute, Carroll College

Phone: (406) 447-4327
Physical Address:
1601 N Benton Ave
Helena, MT 59625

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons, J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. Lilly Endowment’s religion grantmaking is designed to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.