Catholic Community Connection (CCC) continues work on the 2017 Summer Fellows Program. This program is a comprehensive fellowship for students from John Carroll University, Notre Dame College, and Ursuline College. Six to ten students will be selected to serve in a 10-week paid internship in CCC partner organizations or other Catholic ministries in the Diocese of Cleveland. The Summer Fellows will have the unique opportunity to work in a Catholic ministry with professional supervision to learn and develop valuable skills.

Dr. Michele Gilbert, Project Coordinator, has developed a multi-faceted program that includes orientation to serving in Catholic ministries, professional and leadership development, spiritual formation, vocational discernment and social components. Each student will be paired with a religious sister mentor/companion who will accompany them during the course of the fellowship. Dr. Gilbert has worked closely with the Conference of Religious Leadership (CORL) an association of women religious in the Diocese of Cleveland, to shape this partnership between a student and a religious sister/mentor. The objective of this partnership is to encourage students to connect with their faith, while learning the charism, history, and legacy of the religious congregation. Fellows and religious sisters will meet as a group every Friday for workshops, sharing, site visits, and to listen to speakers.

Employment sites are currently under review and sites selected to receive a fellow will be announced before the end of 2016. Selection is based on the position description, skills necessary to perform the work, skills that the fellow may develop, and the desirable field of study, as supplied by the site. Dr. Gilbert, Marian Rubin the President of CCC,  and a faculty member from each Catholic college comprise the selection team.

The application process for a Fellows position will open in mid-January. Please check back for news and updates. Additional information is located here.

The 2017 Summer Fellows program was funded by a generous grant from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.