Carpe Diem 2018
"Love Through Action"

May 25, 2018

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Carpe Diem 2018: Love Through Action


May 25, 2018

King’s University College at Western University is pleased to announce the  14th Annual Catholic Student Leadership Conference on Friday, May 25, 2018  at King’s. Our objective is to offer students with either demonstrated or potential leadership skills, the opportunity to develop and strengthen Catholic Student Leadership in our schools and communities through interaction with other student leaders as well as inspirational and informative workshops.  If you are travelling from a distance, we would like to extend the invitation for you and your students to arrive the night prior to stay in our residence complementary of King’s with dinner and breakfast included.

We invite you to encourage students whom you and your colleagues feel would both contribute to and learn from this experience. Ideally, we would like to host approximately 20-30 students in grades 10 - 12 from your school: we are interested in participants who are active in your faith community or who have the potential to become involved, regardless of gender, grades, or post-secondary plans.  The overarching theme of the conference is  “Carpe Diem” which reflects our desire to encourage students to “seize” every opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and to try each and every day to be mindful of their faith and gifts.

Pope Francis’ letter, “Laudato Si” is addressed to everyone of good will – calling us to better understand the climate crisis, our relationship to the environment and to one another. And, most importantly, it calls us to action. This year’s Carpe Diem Catholic students leadership conference is an opportunity to explore the main themes of “Laudato Si” – living in harmony, listening, caring for nature, society and politics – through keynote addresses, workshops, and reflection. Come away feeling energized and inspired to make a difference in the world!

The success of the day surrounds the identification and involvement of your student leaders. We ask for your help and support of our efforts. Your nomination of students is so important to us!    Registration for the conference is free and includes refreshments, snacks and a BBQ lunch. 

In lieu of a registration fee, we are asking, where possible, to please bring a donated canned good. At the end of the conference, we will drop the student donations off at St. Joseph's Hospitality Centre. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in the 1980’s, St. Joseph’s Hospitality Centre is a soup kitchen that feeds people who are underprivileged in the East end of the London community. It strives to respect the dignity of each person and build community among clients and volunteers. Learn more about St. Joseph's Hospitality Centre.

(image: Luke Stocking)

Luke Stocking

Keynote Speaker

Luke Stocking was born in Toronto but grew up on a 50 acre farm in a town called Uxbridge.

Luke Stocking


Today, he works for Development and Peace, the international development agency of the Canadian Catholic Church. He joined the staff of D&P in November 2006 but was first involved with the movement as a high school student at the age of 16, when D&P had a special campaign to end sweatshop labour.