Applications Open in July 2017

Applications for the 2017-2018 Leonine Forum will open in July 2017. Applications should be mailed or delivered directly to the CIC and must include:

  • A short cover letter which answers the following questions: 1) Why do you want to participate in the Leonine Forum? 2) What unique qualities and experiences can you contribute to the program? 3) After the Leonine Forum is over, how do you plan to utilize and apply this experience into your professional, personal, or civic life?

  • If you have applied to the Leonine Forum in past years, please indicate this in your cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae or complete resume

  • One personal and/or professional letter of recommendation (may be submitted by email directly to Mitch Boersma at

Mail to:

Catholic Information Center

Mitch Boersma

1501 K Street NW, Suite 175

Washington, DC 20005


What does it cost?

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.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to apply?


Who should write my letter of recommendation?

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

Does my recommender have to be Catholic?


How many Fellows will there be?

We will select between 25-30 Fellows for the 2015-2016 Forum.

How often are the Sessions?

Fellows will meet one evening per month during the academic year (September-June), usually on the first Wednesday or Thursday of the month.

What is the format for the Sessions?

The basic format for each Session is as follows:

5:30pm  — Mass (optional)

6:00pm — Cocktail Hour/Conversation

6:45pm — Lecture/Q&A

7:30pm — Dinner begins

8:15pm — Roundtable discussion

9:00pm — Evening ends

Where will the Sessions take place?

Here at the CIC – 1501 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Do I have to make it to every Session?

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).

Is there homework?

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

What if I don’t do the reading?

God will know.

Will you accept late applications?


I don’t live in the area. Can I still apply?

The frequency of events requires participants to live in the Washington, DC metro area.

I’m interested in bringing a regional chapter of the Leonine Forum to my area. What do I do?

Let us know by emailing Mitch Boersma at

I applied last year and didn’t get in, should I apply again?

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

I still have more questions, what do I do?

Email Mitch Boersma at