UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME

INSTITUTE FOR CHURCH LIFE

Learn About Echo

Echo is a two-year service-learning program that offers participants the opportunity to earn an M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, to serve the Church in parish catechetical leadership or as a theology teacher in a Catholic school, and to live in an intentional faith community while engaging in integrative spiritual formation.

Echo Parish Catechetical Leadership
Echo parish catechetical apprentices engage in leadership in a variety of parish catechetical ministries, including but not limited to RCIA, Religious Education, Youth Ministry, Adult Faith Formation, and Social Justice Ministry. Parish apprentices are matched with a mentor who is a catechetical leader on staff at their assigned parish to help guide their ministry experience and assess their professional development.

Echo Teaching Theology
Echo theology teachers are placed in one of our partner Catholic high schools or junior highs and teach a variety of theological courses. Echo theology teachers also engage in limited extracurricular activities to contribute to the school community outside of the classroom. Echo theology teachers are matched with a mentor teacher or administrator in the school with whom they meet weekly to discuss their teaching experience and assess their professional development.

 

Formation in Echo
In addition to their graduate study in theology and service in parishes or schools, Echo parish apprentices and theology teachers engage in communal, human, and spiritual formation that complements and integrates their study, service, and life of faith. This comprehensive approach helps Echo apprentices and theology teachers become skilled, theologically-informed leaders as well as authentic and inspiring witnesses of the faith to those they serve.

Program Benefits
In addition to the formation benefits detailed above, you will receive the following:

  • a competitive stipend for your on-site parish or school service;
  • a graduate degree in theology, tuition-free;
  • housing and utilities at no cost;
  • an educational allowance the first summer, and other allowances periodically;
  • rent-free housing during summers at Notre Dame; and
  • a full meal plan during summers at Notre Dame.