About the Event

Why the theme, GIVEN?

There are three pillars upholding this Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum.

First: You are a gift!

Second: God has given you gifts of nature – particular talents and charisms, and gifts of grace – the family of the Church, the Sacraments, and a relationship with Him.

Third: We’re created to respond to these gifts by giving the gift of ourselves – a gift the world needs and awaits, and a gift that will bring us the fulfillment for which we long.

Receive the gift you are. Realize the gifts you’ve been given. Respond with the gift only you can give.

What will I gain?

The GIVEN Forum presents you with an opportunity of a lifetime. You will be surrounded by the witnesses of prominent Catholic lay women and Religious Sisters who desire to share with you from their store of knowledge and lived experience of the feminine genius in leadership. Simultaneously, you will be equipped to share your unique gifts with the Church, while getting to know 300 other rising leaders.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience the community of the Church upholding and investing in them, allowing for dedicated time to encounter the Lord at Mass, Holy Hour, and the in the Sacrament of Reconciliation – which will bear long-term and abundant fruit in your life, in the Church and in the world.

The Application

Who can apply?

Any young woman, between the ages of 20 and 30, who is vibrantly living her Catholic faith, or is currently in the RCIA program, and desires to cultivate her gifts of leadership for the enrichment of the family, workplace, society, and Church would be welcome to submit an application.

She must either have a Bachelor’s Degree or be enrolled in a University program.

I am an international student. Can I apply?

At this time, the GIVEN Forum is intended for young Catholic women who will be contributing to the building up of the Catholic Church in the United States specifically. In the future, we may be able to open the GIVEN Forum to international young women as well.

Do I have to work in Church ministry to apply?


Once accepted, what is included in the scholarship?

The cost of attending the leadership forum, lodging, food and a travel reimbursement.

Will there be accommodations for special needs or restricted diets?


When can I apply?

The application will be posted on the website on November 1st, 2015 and the deadline for applications is February 2nd, 2016. Once the applications have been reviewed, those accepted as participants will receive an e-mail to announce their acceptance in March, 2016.

Can I nominate someone to attend the GIVEN Forum?

We want everyone to identify and encourage stand-out leaders to consider applying. If you are a priest, campus minister, religious sister, or any member of the lay faithful and know a young woman with exceptional faith and potential, please go to “Tell a Friend” to e-mail her a link.

The Venue

Where will the Forum be held?

The GIVEN Forum will be held at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Attendees will reside in the dormitories on the Main Campus and will receive a key/pass in order to come and go. Common rooms will also be available for use.

The address is:
620 Michigan Ave NE,
Washington, DC 20064

I’m training for a marathon. Will there be exercise facilities available?

Yes. The Eugene I. Kane Fitness Center will be open for use during the days of the forum.

Will I have a roommate?

You will be sharing a room with one other participant, and a suite with three others.

Will there be time for exploring and sight-seeing in DC? Are there social outings?

The schedule during the week of the GIVEN Forum is packed with dynamic speakers, leadership training and networking opportunities. If you desire to tour Washington D.C. please allot time in your travel plans prior to the days of GIVEN or once it has come to an end. Each attendee will cover the costs of personal excursions.

To arrange public transportation, you can visit www.wmata.com. And for more information on things to do in Washington DC, see their tourism page at www.washington.org.

How will I get to Washington, DC?

Once accepted, your welcome packet will include details of making travel arrangements.

Will daycare be available?

We’re very sorry, but due to housing and licensing limitations, we are unfortunately unable to offer daycare at this time.

About the Sponsor

Who is the CMSWR?

The CMSWR is an acronym for the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, a collaborative body of Major and Provincial Superiors of women religious and their Assistants, committed to the up-building of religious life in the United States by placing a collective feminine genius at the service of the Church and one another. CMSWR is a trusted resource among its Member communities for the ongoing revitalization of religious life and the New Evangelization.

For more information, please visit their website at www.cmswr.org

Is this a ploy by the CMSWR to recruit vocations?

Not at all! The focus of the GIVEN Forum is not vocational discernment per se, but the implementation of a setting in and from which young Catholic women leaders will receive encouragement, leadership training and a sense of mission. You matter! The CMSWR wants to set the stage for an encounter of faithful Catholic women who are courageously engaging and dialoguing with the culture in every arena and young women who are just beginning to enter their professions and vocations.

Though this event is the first of its kind, it was conceived in the hearts of Women Religious whose predecessors over the centuries have always encouraged and inspired all women to love and serve God and neighbor. The GIVEN Forum may look different than the schools, universities and hospitals from which such encouragement happened, but the principle is the same.