School of Nazareth (SoN) is a four-year residential program that supplements and anchors a young person's undergraduate education with classic Catholic formation in faith and spirituality, character and virtue, charity and truth, all leading to
a life of authentic freedom and maturity in Christ.
Every person needs a place to grow. A home. A Nazareth.
We want to reclaim university education for Jesus.
During the college years, amidst the searching and groping in the dark, while students gain the cognitive capacity to critically examine the very framework within which they have lived and grown and upon which they stand, they are in the process not just of calibrating their life-trajectory but of determining it altogether, as their existential energies come into full throttle.
As a person is praying, studying, living in community, serving the poor, etc., they are accompanied on the journey of holiness by formators, confessors, and mentors, in order to be formed according to the fullness of truth, who is Jesus Christ (Eph 4:13).
Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
Learn more about our application process! Applications will open October 1st and close December 31st, 2021.
How much does it cost per year?
The annual cost is $14,000. This includes room and board, formation costs, and any other retreats and activities throughout the year. Payments can be broken up across the course of the year. You can also contact us to set up a payment plan.
Does SoN offer financial aid?
We currently do not offer any scholarships, but have a variety of ways to help students pay for the annual fees, including: using housing loans from their local university to pay for room and board at SoN, fundraising, and working part-time. Talk with us and we can help explore options for covering the cost!
How many students are in each cohort?
We anticipate having 20-25 students in each cohort/year. Our pilot year currently has eight students coming from all parts of the United States.
Do I have to be Catholic to join?
Students are not required to be Catholic, but must have a desire to grow in their faith and be seeking continuous faith formation.
Is there an age minimum or maximum?
The School of Nazareth is open to all full-time college students.
Is there someone I can talk to about SoN?
What is Catholic Faith Formation?
“Formation,” in a general sense, refers to growth in the Christian life. The primary “formator” is God, but formation involves the whole person. Growing in deeper relationship with the Lord means not only growth in prayer, but also being formed in the intellect, in community life, in one’s personal mission, and in the depths of one’s humanity. Through following Christ and growing in a deeper relationship with him, all of these different elements of the person are brought together into a unified, genuine, and sanctified whole. Learn more about our approach to authentic Catholic faith formation.
What does a typical week look like?
The only required elements of the day for students are morning mass, formation courses (twice per week), biweekly spiritual advisement, maintaining the cleanliness of their living quarters, and a short evening prayer with the people in each housing unit.
How much time does formation take per day?
Students are only expected to spend about 5% of their time in direct program specific formative growth – the time equivalent of taking an extra 3 credit class.
Can students work or join other extracurricular activities?
Yes! Outside of their commitments to School of Nazareth formation, students are free to join any clubs on campus, work part-time jobs, or volunteer in the community.
Is School of Nazareth a college?
No – School of Nazareth is a residential faith formation program that accompanies a student’s college studies. Student’s take online or in person classes at a local university while undergoing SoN.
What is School of Nazareth?
School of Nazareth (SoN) is a four-year residential program that supplements and anchors a young person's undergraduate education with classic Catholic formation in faith and spirituality, character and virtue, charity and truth, all leading to a life of authentic freedom and maturity in Christ.
How did School of Nazareth come to be?
School of Nazareth comes out of the life and mission of many Jesus Youth Christians living out the Faith over the past 25+ years. Our journey in discipleship, prayer, friendship,and community has poured out over the years through holding retreats, offering spiritual direction and advisement, and creating two faith formation programs – online and residential – for young adults seeking to grow in their faith. The vision for School of Nazareth was recieved through prayer over the past 10 years and has now come into fruition to respond to the great need of creating the seed bed for the students to grow into the saints that they are called to be.
What is the Amoris Christi Institute?
The Amoris Christi Institute is a pending 501(c)(3) non-profit that houses the School of Nazareth as well as a few other initiatives and is dedicated to serving young people in growing in their faith through long-term residential and online programs, mentorship, and specialized courses in Catholic spirituality, theology, and philosophy. It strives to support and strengthen the foundations of interior life, leading to sustained commitment to the mission of the Church in a variety of expressions and vocations.