Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program

Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program 2019

Truth, Beauty, Goodness


A new high school summer program educating young men in Catholic thought and culture...

The Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program is a residential, college-accredited summer program, offering young men in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia a robust introduction to the great intellectual and spiritual heritage of the Church.

In discussion-based seminars, led by seminary and university professors, participants will study the great texts that have formed our cultural and intellectual inheritance – all in pursuit of emerging as well-formed Catholic men with a rich and integrated understanding of Catholic thought and life.

Combining rigorous study with a robust participation in the prayer life of the Church – as well as weekend cultural excursions to the art museum and the Cathedral – the PCSP brings young Catholic men into conversation with the riches of the Catholic tradition, inviting them to come to understand and live their faith more profoundly.


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
— Romans 2:12


Discover our rich and vibrant heritage

The Catholic tradition is overflowing with great minds and great saints eager to form our minds and ignite our hearts. At the PCSP, we will dig deeply into many of the great texts that have influenced our Church and our world, and we will meet, as our teachers, the great minds of the Catholic and western intellectual tradition.

In the Faith & Reason seminar, we will begin with Plato to learn what philosophy is and to understand the role of inquiry.

From there, we will follow Saint Augustine on his tumultuous journey detailed in his Confessions, a great love story about Augustine's pursuit of God, as God pursued Augustine.

After Augustine, we will visit Boethius in his cell, as he seeks consolation for his sorrows, questioning the value of philosophy in this life.

Saint Thomas Aquinas will demand from us great clarity of thought, as well as profound love of God, as we venture into the Summa Theologica.

Finally, we will dwell with the prophet of 'ample mirth and ample girth,' G.K. Chesterton and seek insight from Saint John Paul II and more.

This brief but rich exposure to these texts will bring you into the great conversation that seeks more members. The PCSP is an invitation to an adventure of mind, heart, and will — an adventure that seeks better to know and to love God. Do you accept?