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WASHINGTON, DC

PARTNERING WITH

In monthly sessions held at the Catholic Information Center, Leonine Fellows are led in discussion by Catholic thought leaders from around the country to grapple with some of the most important questions at the intersection of faith and public life.

2019-2020 APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED

WASHINGTON, DC

PARTNERING WITH

In monthly sessions held at the Catholic Information Center, Leonine Fellows are led in discussion by Catholic thought leaders from around the country to grapple with some of the most important questions at the intersection of faith and public life.

2019-2020 WASHINGTON

FIRST-YEAR LEONINE FELLOWS

Elise Amez-Droz
Mercatus Center


Elise Amez-Droz works in healthcare policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in the Washington DC metro area. She is a graduate of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. She's a Public Policy Fellow with The Fund for American Studies and a founding member of the Adam Smith Society's DC Professional Chapter. She's also a Young Voices contributor, and her articles have been published in the Orange County Register and the Washington Examiner among others.
Tiffany Bates
Consovoy McCarthy


Tiffany Bates is an associate at Consovoy McCarthy PLLC. Before joining the firm, Tiffany was a law clerk to Judge S. Kyle Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She previously served as a Legal Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation and co-hosted Heritage’s SCOTUS 101 podcast. Tiffany is a graduate of Hillsdale College and the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
Xavier Bisits
Bain Consulting


Xavier grew up mostly in Australia before studying at Trinity College, Cambridge, and UVA. Today, he works as a management consultant at Bain & Company. In 2019, he externed at Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical foundation, managing aspects of its reconstruction program in former ISIS territory near Mosul.
Kelsey Bloom
USA TODAY


Kelsey Bloom is an opinion editor for USA TODAY, focusing on narrative first-person columns that are of national interest. Previously, she worked as an opinion editor for The Hill. Kelsey is originally from North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, she studied economics and political science and was editor in chief of the monthly magazine Carolina Review. Kelsey is active with her parish, St. Luke's Ordinariate, serving as a lector and faith formation teacher for elementary school students.
Patrick Brown
U.S. Congress - Joint Economic Committee


Patrick T. Brown is a senior policy advisor to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, where he researches policies relating to youth investment, family formation, and social capital. He formerly worked for Catholic Charities USA and the Diocese of Trenton, and has written for Catholic and mainstream media outlets on political and cultural topics. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MPA from Princeton University, and is a fan of the only two Major League Baseball franchises never to make a World Series appearance.
Bernadette Corso
National Council of Catholic Women


Bernadette Corso is Administrative Specialist at the National Council of Catholic Women, where she works on a range of issues affecting the American Catholic woman’s relationship and participation in the Church. Building on her long interest in the arts, Bernadette founded a classical-crossover soprano trio that performs throughout the National Capital Region. The group is currently working on their second album. A native of Potomac, Maryland, Bernadette earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2014. When not doting on her nephew, Bernadette enjoys reading, art, and cooking classic dishes inspired by her Cuban heritage.
Melissa Coughlin
AstraZeneca


Melissa is a scientist at AstraZeneca, working on innovative, digital health solutions for patients. A Boston native, she studied biology and medicine at Boston University, with an interest in infectious diseases. After graduation, she worked as an immunobiologist at Harvard Boston Children's Hospital. Melissa moved to Washington, D.C. in 2006 to develop biologics for the Department of Defense. She then moved into biotech, before finally landing at AstraZeneca. Melissa is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception in Shaw and enjoys volunteering to coordinate the young adult ministry group there. She also volunteers as an international volunteer for the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, with her Boston University DC Alumni Club, the Capital Alumni Network, the Catholic Medical Association, and the John Carroll Society. In her free time, Melissa enjoys soccer, golf, the Red Sox and spending time with her two schnauzers, Cooper and Draper.
Charles Davidson
ForgottenSong, Inc.


Charles Davidson is married to his amazing wife Abby and lives in Washington D.C. where he directs ForgottenSong, an international NGO focused on community-level economic peacebuilding in war-torn countries. He has a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and researches insurgent group dynamics and civil war. He is also an entrepreneur having started businesses in the U.S. and assists in business foundation abroad. Charles loves to read, write, and travel and has performed standup comedy at clubs in D.C.
Emile Doak
The American Conservative


Emile Doak is senior development associate at The American Conservative, where he coordinates the organization's fundraising efforts. Prior to joining TAC, Emile worked in education, teaching and managing college preparation courses for high school students. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he studied political philosophy and theology. Emile and his wife live in the historic district of their hometown, Herndon, Virginia, with their daughter.
Brendan Duffy
Covington & Burling LLP


Brendan Duffy is an incoming associate at Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. He recently completed two clerkships, one with Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and one with Judge Paul Kelly on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Brendan earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in economics from The Catholic University of America and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University Law School. Prior to law school, Brendan completed a Fulbright Scholarship to South Korea. He is an avid basketball fan and loves to play with his seven younger siblings, five of whom have played college basketball.
William Dutton
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)


William "Blake" Dutton is a licensed social worker who was born and raised right down the road in Silver Spring, MD. He graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY (Go Rams!) with a degree in psychology in 2014 and received his MSW at Catholic University (Go Cardinals!) in 2017. Since graduating, he has devoted his career to advocating for senior citizens. He served as an intern for the Chief of Montgomery County Department of Aging and Disability Services during graduate school, and continued with the department as a case manager for low income senior citizens. He now works as a budget analyst for Alzheimer's research grants at the National institute on Aging at The National Institutes of Health (NIH). Outside of work Blake is an avid CrossFitter, Baltimore Orioles fan, country music lover, and amateur chef.
Matt Fransted
MPR Associates


Matt was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. After graduating, he commissioned into the Navy where he served tours in Japan, San Diego, and Washington D.C. He resigned from the Navy after 8 years and now works as a Senior Engineering Consultant for a company in Alexandria. Matt met his wife Kara when they were both stationed in Japan and they have two daughters together with another on the way.
Gabriela Gonzalez-Araiza
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty


Gabriela Gonzalez-Araiza is a Constitutional Law Fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Before joining Becket, Gabriela clerked for the Honorable S. Kyle Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit during his first year on the federal judiciary. Prior to her clerkship, Gabriela worked as a litigation associate at a law firm in Washington, DC. Gabriela holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and an A.B. in politics from Princeton University.
Timothy Goobic
Drug Enforcement Administration


Tim is a husband, father of three, and currently works for the Drug Enforcement Administration. A native of Northern Virginia, his professional interest has always been in government affairs. About a decade ago, his Lenten fast was to only listen to Catholic Radio in the car. It ended up being the most impactful Lent of his life and recommends that everyone try that 40 day challenge. Tim is a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic parish in Alexandria, and is an active member of its Men's Group.
Kelly Griffith
Elizabeth Seton High School


Kelly Griffith is a history and government teacher at an all-girls Catholic school in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Griffith, a native of Columbus, Ohio, graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame. She moved to the DC area after teaching in Brownsville, Texas—a city on the U.S.–Mexico border. Griffith is the recipient of the Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award and the Brownsville Rotary Endowment for Teaching Excellence Award for her development of an oral history and photojournalism book project aimed at authentically reflecting the culture, faith, and history of the U.S.-Mexico border. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys working with the DC Alliance for Catholic Education, a network of local Catholic schools, teachers and stakeholders as well as coaching field hockey and lacrosse.
James Hasson
Sidley Austin LLP


James Hasson is an associate in the Washington, D.C. offices of Sidley Austin LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia School of Law, and a former law clerk to Judge Edith Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. James served as an Army officer prior to law school and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.
Nick Haydon
Texas Public Policy Foundation


Nick Haydon is originally from a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, and attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He graduated in May 2018 from Hobart College in Geneva, New York with a degree in Classics and Philosophy. Currently, he is a creative writer for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. In his free time, Nick enjoys reading and writing, playing and watching hockey, hitting any drum set as hard as humanly possible, and eating ice cream with his wife, Katrina.
Richard Helke
U.S. Department of Defense


Richard moved to DC in 2007 for graduate school and stayed afterward for the work, since 2009 with the Department of Defense. He is involved in missions work in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, supporting refugees arriving here in DC, and a small group that seeks to apply their faiths to work in the national security community. He and his wife live in SW DC with their two dogs.
Monica Herman
U.S. House of Representatives


A native Washingtonian, Monica is a Management Consultant at Eagle Hill Consulting in Crystal City, VA. Before joining Eagle Hill, Monica worked as a Legislative Assistant at the U.S. House of Representatives, where she focused on trade, business and financial policy. She has lived and studied in five countries outside of the US, including Japan, France, Italy, Brussels and the UK. She also possesses a Master of Arts (M.A.) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where she focused on International Economics and American Foreign Policy, minoring in Strategic Studies. Passionate about the outdoors and fitness, Monica is an avid runner who completed the Marine Corps Marathon in 2018 and is training for her next big race.
Alexander J. Hoffarth
Hogan Lovells US LLP


Alexander Hoffarth practices corporate law as an attorney at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, D.C. He previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Diane S. Sykes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has also worked as a summer associate at Hogan Lovells and as a law clerk for the Republican Attorneys General Association. Alexander holds a B.A. in political science from Boston College, an M.B.A from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a proud native of Rochester, New York.
Clara Jace
George Mason University


Over the last three years, Clara has been working toward her Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University. She first fell in love with economics by reading Bastiat at a summer camp and the School of Salamanca during her undergraduate studies at Creighton. She published a paper last spring on the School as early producers of economic analysis, and her current research studies the relationship between the family and the state through an economic analysis of Soviet family policy. Clara has also been having great fun teaching her first class—International Economic Policy—this semester. She loves her peaceful life in Fairfax, where her office, running trails, cafes, and her friends’ houses are all just a walk away.
Celine Kinneberg
FEMM Foundation


Celine was born and raised in Los Angeles and has worked as Labor and Delivery Nurse for the past six years at several hospitals across the country. She earned a BSN from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a Registered Nurse in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She has recently worked at Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital in DC and is now home full-time with her two young children. She is an educator for the FEMM Foundation, teaching clients and training teachers about a comprehensive approach to women’s health care that affirms the dignity of the woman. Celine also devotes some nap times to educating medical professionals about FEMM’s pedagogy. She has written for Verily Magazine on women’s health interests. Prior to moving to the DC area, Celine and her husband Kyle lived in Houston for three years. They now live in Silver Spring with their two children, Thomas and Ana.
Cory Larkin
Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP


As an attorney at Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP, Cory Larkin helps individuals and businesses develop thoughtful, tax-efficient, and thorough estate plans. He also assists individuals in a broad range of related matters, including estate and trust administration, dispute resolution, corporate formation and governance, and real estate transactions. Before moving to DC, Cory practiced trusts and estates law in New York, where he was an active member of the New York State Bar Association. Cory obtained his J.D. from The Catholic University Columbus School of Law while working in the financial services industry, shortly after graduating from the College of William and Mary, where he founded a non-profit organization and walked on the men’s varsity soccer team.
Frances Lataif
United States Courts


Frances serves as an Aide to Chambers at the Supreme Court of the United States. A Georgia native, she graduated with a B.A. in English and a Theology minor from Catholic University of America. While there, she studied abroad in Rome and Oxford and interned for the British Parliament. Frances is a member of Holy-Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in D.C.
Joseph Lawler
The Washington Examiner


Joseph Lawler is the policy editor for the Washington Examiner, having previously been an economics reporter. Before joining the Examiner, he worked for RealClearPolicy. He is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Mary Love
Mountain Mama Vacation Rentals


Mary graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Catholic University of America with a bachelor of music in piano performance and a master of music in piano pedagogy. She has taught as an independent piano teacher in the DMV since 2012. Her waking hours are devoted to her two young children and when she’s not cleaning crayon murals off the wall, you can find her sneaking in a few minutes of Bach on the piano. In 2018 she and her husband launched Mountain Mama Vacation Homes, where she assists in the day-to-day managing of the business. She is also an adjunct mentor at Oakcrest School.
Edward Love
StreetShares


Eddie spent two years as a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy before transferring to Harvard to study Classics. In between he spent a year volunteering with an Evangelical school and orphanage in South Africa. While at Harvard he had his St. John Henry Newman moment and was received into the Church on Easter of 2014. His full-time job is running Credit and Analytics for a Fintech in Reston called StreetShares. His full-time passion is as Co-Founder of Mountain Mama Vacation Homes. He enjoys white water kayaking on the Potomac and has two children, ages 2 and under 1, who are almost ready for their own kayaks. He is happily married to his wife of 3 years, Mary (but she only rides in boats she doesn't have to paddle herself).
Carolyn Madan
U.S. Senate


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Joe Miller
DaVita Inc.


Joe recently separated from the U.S. Navy where he served as a Navy attorney for 6 years. At his last duty station, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Joe advised Walter Reed’s leaders on a host of legal topics including healthcare issues, criminal law, and government ethics. Building on his health care experience at Walter Reed, Joe’s first post-military job is with DaVita Inc., a multinational health care company. At DaVita, Joe is training to become a Regional Director – a role in which he will manage the operations/profit and loss statements of 10-15 health clinics. Joe is from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and in his spare time he enjoys reading, the outdoors, traveling to new places, sports, and spending time with family and friends. He holds a B.A. in economics from George Mason University, an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
Christian Mysliwiec
The Heritage Foundation


Christian Mysliwiec is a senior development writer at The Heritage Foundation. He communicates the think tank’s message to members of the Heritage community and external audiences. Prior to joining Heritage, he was a journalist in his home state of Connecticut and an English teacher in the Czech Republic. Christian earned a bachelor’s degree in English and minors in history and psychology at the University of Hartford, where he graduated summa cum laude with university honors. He earned a master’s degree in media and strategic communications at the George Washington University. He lives in Arlington, Va.
Margaret Newell
Department of Justice


Margaret Newell is an Assistant Director in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice. She represents federal agencies in complex corporate bankruptcy cases involving large, highly regulated businesses, such as healthcare, energy and telecommunications businesses. Before coming to work at the Department of Justice, she was a bankruptcy attorney at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP, in Washington, D.C. and Richards, Layton and Finger, PA, in Wilmington, Delaware. She also served as an officer in the United States Navy. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A., with honors, in English from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband, three children and a cockapoo, and is a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. In her off-duty hours, Margaret is usually on the sidelines of her kids' soccer games, or skiing, knitting, reading, or hiking.
Heather O'Rourke Dengler
Coast-Line International Distributors


I was born in Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York. My husband and I met at our Alma Mater, Fordham University. Since graduating college, I've worked for a Long Island based, small family business, focused on Aerospace and Composites. I coached collegiate rowing in NYC until my oldest was born. My 3 children are at once the most challenging, grace filled, life changing and joyful gifts of my life. Three years ago my family moved to the DC area and we live in Hyattsville.
Maria Alejandra Rodriguez
Inter-American Development Bank


Maria Alejandra Rodriguez was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. Her passion for International Law and Public Service brought her to Washington D.C to serve at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), were she’s a Legal Consultant for the organization’s Administrative Tribunal. Before joining the IDB, she was at the Holy See Mission to the United Nations in New York City, where she started her career abroad. She graduated summa cum laude from Law at Universidad de La Sabana in Colombia and has a Master’s in Law, Economics and Public Policy from Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. Maria Alejandra has complementary studies in Data Analysis and International Affairs from Harvard University, Brown University, and Fundaçao Getulio Vargas. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, outdoor activities, and exploring new places in the area.
Joy Ruiz
White House Medical Unit


Joy Ruiz currently serves as a Special Assistant at the White House Medical Unit. Previously, she was an Executive Assistant at the Office of Public Liaison at the White House where she helped engage with stakeholders through organizing and holding briefings, events, and conference calls. Joy is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received her B.S. in Engineering Science, with a concentration in Biology and Systems Engineering in 2016. In her free time, Joy sings with the St. Thomas Apostle Choir, enjoys painting, and likes to learn foreign languages. Currently she is fluent in Spanish and French, conversational in Italian, and is learning German. She aspires to use the knowledge she gains through her many different experiences and interests to serve those around her.
Steven Schaefer
Department of HHS


Steven Schaefer is the son of Sue and David Schaefer, and brother to Heidi. He was born and raised in Michigan. He is proud and blessed to be a Catholic, a Michigander, and an American. Steven enjoys meeting new people, learning new things, teaching, reading intellectual history, and traveling. He currently serves as an attorney enforcing the federal health care conscience rights. Before becoming an attorney, Steven served as a high school government teacher, and coach.
Molly C. Sheahan
Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute


Molly is a student at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family. A California native, she previously worked for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles overseeing a portfolio of all pro-life and social justice issues. Molly also has an A.A. in Spanish Language Studies and received her B.A. in Communication Arts from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She loves adventures: she spent this last summer living in Ecuador at Mission Santa Maria, tutoring a bunch of teenagers at the orphanage who stole her heart. She also once walked across the U.S. from San Francisco to D.C. with Crossroads Pro-Life. You will likely find her reading a classic book and petting fluffy dogs with a strong cup of coffee in hand.
Michael Showalter
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


Mike is a third-year associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he practices in the firm's appellate group. Mike is from Flint, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan and Yale Law School. After law school, he clerked for Judge Diane Sykes on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Dabney Friedrich on the District Court for the District of Columbia.
Katherine Talalas
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Kat Talalas serves as Assistant Director for Pro-Life Communications at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Kat has worked in DC for the past five years across the non-profit, media, and government sectors.
Regina Torres
Clango Inc.


At work, Regina brings her realist-optimist touch to her role as a lead business analyst for Clango Inc, working with the Department of Interior to align their software tools with their business needs. Her degree in Hospitality Management, Master in Business Analysis, and combined upbringing in Spain and North America influence and inform her approach to the client management, critical thinking, and multi-cultural aspects of her job. Outside of work, Regina enjoys being anywhere with buena gente and preferably on a patio with some tapas and friends.
Anne Marie Warner
The GIVEN Institute


Anne Marie is Director of Operations for The GIVEN Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to activating the gifts of young adult women for the Catholic Church and the world through leadership training, faith formation, and mentoring. Prior to joining GIVEN, Anne Marie worked for the March for Life Education & Defense Fund and spent time in formation with the Sisters of Life, a religious community dedicated to protecting and enhancing the sacredness of every human life. She is a graduate of Bentley University in Massachusetts, where she majored in Corporate Finance and Accounting and obtained her Masters in Accounting. She has worked at a public accounting firm in Boston and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Bridget Weisenburger
The Heritage Foundation


Bridget is a Coalition Relations Associate at the Heritage Foundation where she focuses on the social issues. Prior to coming to Heritage, she worked communications for Texas charter school operator, ResponsiveEd. She received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a concentration in Journalism at the University of Dallas. She is currently pursuing an MA in Government at Hillsdale College.
Daniel Wiser, Jr.
National Affairs


Daniel Wiser, Jr., is an assistant editor of National Affairs, a public-policy journal based at the American Enterprise Institute. His writings have appeared in the American Conservative, the American Interest, the Claremont Review of Books, National Review, and the Washington Free Beacon. He holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and grew up in Waxhaw, North Carolina.

PROGRAM DETAILS

INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATION

During the first semester of the program, Fellows engage with a curriculum that emphasizes primary Church documents, practical secondary analyses, and gain an intellectual foundation on topics including: Faith and Reason, Christian Anthropology, the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Charity and Truth, Justice and Mercy, and Catholicism and the American Experiment.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION

During the second semester, Fellows explore how core Social Teachings of the Church relate to their professional and civic lives, including topics such as entrepreneurship, business, finance, culture and the arts, poverty, economics, immigration, ecology, public policy and civic engagement, bioethics, health care, religious liberty, and more.

Spiritual Development

Fellows have the chance to supplement intellectual endeavors with regular opportunities for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, confession and spiritual direction.

Community Service

Understanding that we are called to love our brothers and sisters, Leonine Fellows have the opportunity to participate in monthly service activities as a group with The Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, DC.

Alumni Events

Fellows join a community of over 300 Leonine Alumni, and will have the opportunity to participate in regular Alumni events — including happy hours, lectures, roundtable discussions and exclusive access to premier seminars, dinners, and more.

PROGRAM DETAILS

INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATION

During the first semester of the program, Fellows engage with a curriculum that emphasizes primary Church documents, practical secondary analyses, and gain an intellectual foundation on topics including: Faith and Reason, Christian Anthropology, the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Charity and Truth, Justice and Mercy, and Catholicism and the American Experiment.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION

During the second semester, Fellows explore how core Social Teachings of the Church relate to their professional and civic lives, including topics such as entrepreneurship, business, finance, culture and the arts, poverty, economics, immigration, ecology, public policy and civic engagement, bioethics, health care, religious liberty, and more.

Spiritual Development

Fellows have the chance to supplement intellectual endeavors with regular opportunities for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, confession and spiritual direction.

Community Service

Understanding that we are called to love our brothers and sisters, Leonine Fellows have the opportunity to participate in monthly service activities as a group with The Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, DC.

Alumni Events

Fellows join a community of over 300 Leonine Alumni, and will have the opportunity to participate in regular Alumni events — including happy hours, lectures, roundtable discussions and exclusive access to premier seminars, dinners, and more.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, there is no required cost to participate in the Leonine Forum. You will, however, have an opportunity to donate to help defray the substantial costs of the Forum.

No. The Leonine Forum exists to equip the emerging generation of leaders in the core tenets of the Catholic Church’s social teachings. While our curriculum is intentionally rooted in the Catholic faith and intellectual tradition, we open to Fellows of various faith backgrounds, interested in understanding the Catholic Church more deeply.

Washington, D.C. applicants require a minimum of 3 years of professional and/or graduate school experience. In previous years, most Washington Fellows have had five-nine years of work or graduate school experience before joining the Leonine Forum.

The ideal letter of recommendation comes from a respected source who can speak to your professional achievement and personal character.

No. Your recommender does not need to be Catholic, as long as he or she can speak well to your professional achievements and personal character.

There will typically be a Leonine Alumni event every month ranging from happy hours, lectures, and exclusive access to premier seminars, dinners, and more.

The Leonine application involves two stages: Stage 1- the online application/recommendation letters and Stage 2 – the video interview. After completing the online application, all Fellows will be contacted regarding an interview date and time to be completed via Zoom

First-Year Fellows will meet one evening per month during the academic year (October-June), usually on the first Wednesday of the month.

The basic format for each Session is as follows:

5:30pm — Mass/Adoration

6:00pm — Cocktails & Conversation

7:00pm — Lecture and Q&A

8:00pm — Dinner & Discussion

9:00pm — Evening ends

The DC Leonine Forum Sessions will take place at the Catholic Information Center, located at 1501 K Street NW.

Priority will be given to applicants who intend in good faith to make it to at least 80% of the events (missing no more than two). The Leonine Forum is built on the community of Fellows, and when one is missing, the whole group feels it.

Yes. In the month leading up to each Session, Fellows will be given a packet of reading material (40-80 pages) selected by the Faculty Leaders to read in advance. Tolle Lege!

Washington, DC applicants require a minimum of 3 years of professional and/or graduate school experience. In previous years, most Leonine Fellows have had five-nine years of work or graduate school experience before joining the Leonine Forum.

While there is no guarantee of acceptance, those who have shown continued interest in the Forum will receive additional consideration.

The frequency of events requires participants to live in the Washington, DC area. If you live in the New York City area, please click here, or the Los Angeles, CA area, please click here.

TESTIMONIES

“The Leonine Forum was an incredible experience. We learned directly from the top leaders at the intersection faith, culture, and public policy. I not only learned more about the deep philosophical tenets of the Catholic faith, but how to apply these tenets to complex public policy issues of this age.”

JULIA SLINGSBY • 2013 LEONINE FELLOW

“If there’s one thing this election has revealed, it’s that there’s a growing majority of Catholics, and young Catholics in particular, who are disaffected by the traditional tug-of-war of partisan politics and looking for new ways to reengage the world around them. The Leonine Forum is one intriguing option.”

CHRISTOPHER WHITE • CATHOLIC VOICES USA

“There’s no such thing as morally neutral law. Every piece of public policy embodies somebody’s values. If it’s going to embody true values, people need to know the truth. The Leonine Forum is teaching the next generation of leaders the truth about man and God, and the role of the state in respecting both.”

RYAN ANDERSON • HERITAGE FOUNDATION