June 3, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

King’s hosted the 15th Annual Catholic Student Leadership Conference, also known as Carpe Diem, on May 31, 2019.

Each year, King’s invites Catholic high students to campus, to help the students strengthen their leadership skills. This year, 180 students from 19 high schools attended Carpe Diem.

Ontario Catholic School Boards that sent students to Carpe Diem included:

  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Halton Catholic District School Board
  • Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board
  • Niagara Catholic District School Board
  • London District Catholic School Board
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board

The objective of Carpe Diem is to offer students with leadership skills the opportunity to develop and strengthen Catholic student leadership in our schools and communities through interaction with other student leaders as well as inspirational workshops. 

The conference’s theme was “A Call to Holiness,” and the Carpe Diem organizers invited attendees to explore their own call to holiness.

Dr. Timothy P. O’Malley, as keynote speaker, touched on aspects of holiness and what it meant for each of the participants. Dr. O’Malley also led a workshop for educators, chaplains, principals and religious department heads who attended the conference alongside the students. Students in attendance received suggestions on how to live out holiness through a variety of workshops delivered by five facilitators on service, prayer and vocation, biblical reflection, creativity through art, and holiness in community.

Dr. O’Malley is the Director of Education for the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. He also holds an appointment as the Academic Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy where he teaches courses in liturgical-sacramental theology in the Department of Theology. He has authored six books, most recently Liturgical Formation in the R.C.I.A. (Liturgical Press, 2019) and Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in a Hookup World (Ave Maria Press, 2018).

Many students were offered the opportunity to spend the evening prior in King’s Residence, with dinner and breakfast included. All students were treated to refreshments, snacks and a BBQ lunch.

“The organizers of Carpe Diem would like to thank King’s Campus Ministry, Enrolment Services, the Residence Office, Physical Plant, Aramark and our Communications Department,” says Julia Eastabrook, Coordinator, On Campus Events.

For more information, visit the Carpe Diem’s website at http://carpediem.kings.uwo.ca/