About CLI

Who Should Participate in CLI?


Candidates for the Christian Leadership Institute should exhibit leadership potential. Teens who are willing to make a commitment to youth ministry/campus ministry should be encouraged to attend. Maturity, openness, the ability to work with peers and adults, good communication skills and a sense of faith should be considered when discerning possible C.L.I. candidates. C.L.I. is not a retreat! C.L.I. is not a cure-all for spiritual and/or emotional problems. Mature youth who are involved in parish/school life and are willing to continue this commitment in a leadership role make the best C.L.I. candidates.

What happens at CLI? 


Past C.L.I participants all agree that this experience defies description! Our week is packed with learning, prayer, affirmation and fun. Some daily sessions focus on the art of leadership; communication skills, leadership styles, group dynamics, and planning skills. Other sessions explore various aspects of Catholic Christian discipleship, and how that is embodied through prayer and liturgy, moral decision making, sacramental living and service. C.L.I. participants are challenged to use their skills and talents in planning sessions for specific portions of the daily program; morning wake-up, morning and night prayer, meal blessings, daily liturgy and evening socials. Despite this full schedule, there is still time for relaxation and recreation on the grounds of the diocesan retreat facility, Cathedral Camp, East Freetown.

CLI graduates don’t get “lost in the shuffle” of parish and school life, and reap the benefits of their training for collaborative planning, by planning and evaluating the Diocesan Youth Convention. Thus, besides providing an opportunity to continue to build Christian community, the C.L.I. graduates will also be held responsible for what they have learned during the week-long program. The Saturday session is a required part of the CLI experience.

Who will be facilitating CLI?

frank lucca

Director - Deacon Frank Lucca - Frank is a youth minister at St Dominic’s in Swansea; Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at UMass Dartmouth; Director of Diaconate Formation for the Diocese.  Deacon Lucca has served as a team member and/or director of YES! Retreats for several years, as a CLI team for six years and has served as director of CLI since 2004. He has served on teams for Cursillo Weekends and was the lay director of the Cursillo Movement for 3+ years. He has been a team member on an Emmaus weekend. Team Members for the 2018 team have yet to be announced.



Each parish and Catholic high school of the Diocese is invited submit applications for any interested youth. When the completed application and deposit are received, your applicant(s) will be placed on the C.L.I. registration list. Because of the past popularity of this program, we will not be able to reserve spaces prior to receiving an application and deposit. A sponsor form must accompany each application. This assists the C.L.I. team in their preparation.  After the registration and deposit are received, the C.L.I. candidate will be sent the necessary permission and health forms. Further information concerning the C.L.I. program will also be sent. 

EARLY registration and non-refundable deposits ($85.00) received on or BEFORE 6/16/2018 = $245

LATE registration and non-refundable deposits received AFTER 6/18/2018 = $265

The balance of payment, as well as the permission and health forms are due on or before June 23.

Correspondence and Questions
The candidates’ applications, sponsor forms, as well as a check payable to “Office of Faith Formation ” should be mailed to Office of Faith Formation. Please be sure to include your candidates’ names and/or parish/school on the check.

Mail to: 

CLI 2018

c/o Rose Mary Saraiva

Office of Faith Formation

423 Highland Avenue

Fall River, MA 0270

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