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CLA - Contemplative Leaders in Action

What is CLA?

Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) is a two-year faith formation and leadership development program for young adults (25 - 35 years old), rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. While the program nurtures individual growth, it also strives to develop a cohort of leaders who can bring the dynamics of faith and justice to lead their families, co-workers and communities.

Where is CLA offered?

The program currently operates in Atlanta, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C..  CLA also supports programs in Detroit, Orange County, CA, and Seattle.

CLA Alumni offer testimonials on the program.

Who is CLA designed for?

CLA is designed for young professionals, 25 - 35 years old. Each year fifteen to eighteen emerging leaders representing diverse professions will be invited to participate. Participants will share certain key characteristics: a capacity for self-reflection, several years of work experience, a personal commitment to serve the common good, demonstrated leadership potential, and the willingness to pursue spiritual and professional growth. Because development of community is crucial to success of the program, participants must have the ability to engage in, and contribute to, development of the cohort experience by sharing honestly and respectfully.

How will CLA benefit participants?

CLA’s goal is to have participants:

  • Build a community of peers in various occupations;
  • Learn Jesuit techniques for making good decisions, for praying, and for daily effectiveness;
  • Polish their communication and leadership skills;
  • Reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and role in the world;
  • Discuss the current state of our world and figure out where and how they want to help lead.

Read about the impact CLA has had on its alumni, and how they are putting what they learned into action: CLA Alumni Stories

Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, newly appointed President of Creighton University and former chaplain to CLA-NYC, shares more on CLA in this podcast with Kerry Weber of America Magazine.

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