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Members of the Guadalupe's Scholars Program gather for communal dinner

Without a vision, the people perish. - Msgr. Habiger

Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership

About the Institute

The Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership offers a range of opportunities for students to develop the fortitude and character required to live as faithful professionals, ethical leaders and joyful Catholics in a complex world.

Our leadership formation and development programs go beyond skill mastery to help students develop a deeper moral and spiritual vision and to think about what matters most.

We help our students find meaning wherever God leads them—in their personal and professional or religious lives.

Guadalupe's Scholars

Grow academically, professionally and spiritually, and build the leadership skills required to make a difference. Scholars receive financial, social and academic support to make a four-year degree from a Catholic university possible.

Guadalupe's Scholars

Leadership Interns

Develop spiritually, professionally and personally as a Catholic leader through a rigorous program providing retreats, seminars, hands-on experience and interaction with civic and Church leaders.

Leadership Intern Program

Telos Living Learning Communities

Our Telos Living Learning Communities are for all students who care about building lasting friendships and exploring the questions that matter most. Men's and women's floors and houses are available.

Living Learning Communities

Mission & Culture Internship

Our internship program provides hands-on professional experience for students while the next generation of Catholic educators in partnership with Twin Cities area Catholic schools.

Mission & Culture Internship
Minnesota Latino high school students at St. Thomas student center

To the heights

Verso L’Alto

Habiger Institute's Verso L'Alto program offers Latino high schoolers a supportive environment to grow spiritually and intellectually, and better prepare for a four-year college degree.

Verso L’Alto High School Program


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True Leadership (2nd Edition)

For students, parents and ministries

Good leadership is measured by more than stock price or the number of people served. It is a way of being and involves the whole person, from speaking skills and intellectual formation to character and fundamental commitments.
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The Heart of Culture: A Brief History of Western Education

For Catholic school leaders, educators and students

When the tradition of a culture breaks down, it suffers a crisis of identity. Heart of Culture, explores this crisis, bringing to light the living, intricate educational tradition that built the West.
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Leadership Team

Nancy Sannerud

Nancy Sannerud

Program Manager

Father Austin Litke, OP

Fr. Austin Litke, OP

Coordinator and Chaplain

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Melina Arguello Sotro

Program Coordinator

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Contact Information

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Mailing Address

Department of Catholic Studies
Mail 55-S
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096

Campus Location

Sitzmann Hall
Building address: 2055 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN
On the corner of Summit and Cleveland avenues