ESTEEM Hosts 2022 Capstone

ESTEEM (Engaging Students to Enliven the Ecclesial Mission), our partner program for young adult leadership formation, hosted its 12th annual Capstone Conference April 1-3 in Washington D.C. Created in partnership with Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, ESTEEM was founded in 2010 and works to train, encourage, and support young adults in their baptismal call to use their gifts and talents as active members and leaders in their parishes.

The annual Capstone  is an opportunity for the college-age young adults in the ESTEEM program to come together in fellowship and growth. Attendees from our partner sites at colleges and universities across the U.S. joined together for three days of leadership formation and community-building and heard from Catholic leaders including:  

  • Kim Daniels, co-director of Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life
  • Alexandra Carroll, Paul Jarzembowski, and Marilyn Santos — all of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Fr. Kevin Kennedy, Senior Leadership Director at Leadership Roundtable.

Matteo Brunel (University of Pennsylvania); Jessica Perri (Washington and Jefferson College) 


Students engaged with these leaders on topics such as discerning their community, serving the Church while employed in secular careers, and the qualities of a vibrant parish. Three ESTEEM alumni offered a panel on life after graduation. The young adults in attendance were enthusiastically engaged, demonstrating a depth of faith and a passion for engaging their gifts in service to the Church. 

Nicole Perone, National Coordinator of ESTEEM, said the ESTEEM program equips and supports young people to help bring their gifts and life to the Church. “We welcome these young adults to the global ESTEEM alumni network, and cannot wait to see the way their vocations serve the Church and the world!”

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