SPARK Workshop | Strong in Faith. Gentle in Speech.

June 13 - 15
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event details

SPARK is a summer workshop providing high school students the opportunity to develop apologetic and evangelistic skills to strengthen their Catholic faith and to better serve/lead their parish and school communities. The workshop will present Catholic teaching on chosen topics as well as opportunities for students to learn how to defend their faith.

The cost is $50 per student. Registration is available for students attending participating Catholic schools and ends June 2, 2023. For more information, please contact Philip Drey at pdrey@mtmercy.edu

Schedule of topics

Topics will be discussed according to the following schedule. Each morning will include presentations and
discussions as well as abundant question-and-answer time for students. A Teaching Mass and Eucharistic
adoration will be available. Additional topics may be raised by student as well.
  • How do I live my faith according to a Catholic worldview?
  • Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow so much suffering in my life and the world?
  • What is love?
  • What is the meaning and purpose of my life?
  • Who/what is God? Can I prove God exists?
  • Did Jesus actually rise from the dead? What is the proof?
  • Can I believe in evolution and the Biblical creation stories?
  • Why is Catholicism true and how can I argue for it without arrogance?
  • What happens after I die? Do heaven, hell, and purgatory exist and, if they do, what are they like?
  • How can hell exist if God is all-loving and all-forgiving?
  • Is the devil real?