The Missionary Disciples Institute (MDI) is a great opportunity for you (rising sophomores to rising seniors) to live on Marian University's park-like campus and join a community of other high school leaders from around the country. You will spend a week of your summer with other students who are passionate about living their faith and are seeking new ways to serve as missionaries in their communities through the church. Limited to only 75 participants, MDI will surround you in an intentional community to grow as a leader.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We are striving to hold the event in-person with responsible and safe guidelines in place. No matter what, we will not cancel the Missionary Disciples Institute. If we are directed by Marion County to reduce our gathering, we will move to an online format (but this is seen as a last report).
What happens at MDI?
Each day is different at MDI. We have themes that guide us each day. Some days have a strong focus on track time, other days focus on service or community, but no matter what the theme is for the day, here is what you can expect each day at MDI: dynamic moments of prayer, daily Mass, nationally known keynote speakers, track time with theology faculty, fun and games in the quad, hikes in the Ecolab, mentorship from MU college students, and small group reflection time each night. Every experience is leading you to discern and write a mission plan to bring back to your church community.
I'm sold! How do I participate?
Step one is applying for MDI. We are limited in how many students can attend and, therefore, require you to go through an application process. After you apply, we will be in contact with you about being accepted. In the meantime, we encourage you to have your pastor or youth minister "nominate" you for this experience. Why? For two reasons:
1) you will save $50 off the total cost of MDI,
2) your pastor or youth minister will know you are committed to the church and are planning to attend MDI to grow and bring back some excellent skills and ideas to make your church even better!