Catholic leaders must create a seat at the table of leadership and a voice in decision-making for young adults in the Church today. Leadership Roundtable is committed to promoting young adult involvement and leadership in the Church.

The idea of ESTEEM (Engaging Students to Enliven the Ecclesial Mission) began in 2008 with a deep concern about the future of the Catholic Church following the exodus of many young adult Catholics, many of whom would go on to lead in various temporal spheres. What started as a series of conversations about the future of the Church is now the primary leadership formation program for young adult Catholics at over a dozen college and university campuses across the United States and the Caribbean. 

ESTEEM is a joint partnership between Leadership Roundtable and Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University that supports, encourages, and affirms the leadership of young adults in the Catholic Church and assists in their transition into parish life through education, community, faith formation and mentorship.

“The ESTEEM program connected me with other students who cared deeply about serving the Church and provided formation retreats, discussions, and resources. ESTEEM played a vital role in forming my approach to campus ministry, chiefly because of the people it connected me to and the opportunities it provided. It also gave me lasting relationships that continue to impact my faith life today.”

Zachary Conti
ESTEEM alumnus

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