How to Run Away From Home

November 13th, 2021

Cosponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago Vocations Office and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

You’ve been told since you started school that you need to go away to college. Leave home, get an education, and begin “adulting.”

The Bible can be considered one big story of leaving home in order to find it (along with the hazards and holy moments along the way.) It’s inspired countless Christians to journey, to search, to become pilgrims.

>> Don’t make a decision about where you’ll go or who you’ll be in college without considering this conference. <<

Join us as we explore the Bible as a playbook for leaving home. We will walk through Genesis to Revelation and explore this theme throughout the Scriptures. Then, we will look at the life of St. Anthony the Great, who decided to leave home and go to the desert simply by hearing the Gospel.

How should you leave home? Come find out.

Space is limited. Open to current high school seniors and juniors, as well as Newman Forum alums (any student who has participated in at least one Newman Forum event prior to the conference.)

Where: The University of Chicago campus

When: November 13th, 2021


9-9:30am Registration and Grab-and-Go Breakfast

9:30-9:45am Welcome and Opening Prayer

9:45-10:15am Lecture #1 on Salvation History

10:15-10:30am Q&A #1

10:30am-11:15am Break and Game

11:15-11:45am Lecture #2 on the life of St. Anthony

11:45am-12:00pm Q&A #2

12:00pm-1:00pm Grab-and-Go Lunch & Discussion Group

1-1:30pm Eucharistic Adoration

1:30-2:30pm Reflection Time

Cost: $20 $10 Early Bird price using code EARLYBIRD21 (if registered before October 13th)


Dr. Jared Ortiz teaches Catholic theology in the Department of Religion at Hope College and is founder and executive director of the Saint Benedict Institute, the Catholic spiritual and intellectual center that serves Hope College.

Fr. Andrew Summerson, St.Th.D is pastor of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Whiting, Indiana. He holds a Doctorate of Sacred Theology in Patristics.

*The Newman Forum will be held to the COVID-19 guidelines established by The University of Chicago campus in order to utilize their space. Currently, those guidelines include social distancing, masks for unvaccinated participants, and all meals must be grab-and-go. Please bring a mask, just in case procedures change. We will communicate further guidelines as the day approaches.

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