Consistently voted ‘one of the best cities in the world’, and known for its world class educational institutions, the city of Cape Town, on the southern tip of Africa plays host to the Catholic Leadership Academy. With beautiful beaches, mountains and extensive farmland, a creative and inspiring city centre, and an important history, Cape Town is a place of dynamic attraction. Visit our official tourism page for info, images and the multitude of reasons to get yourself here.

There is an endless depth to the journey of discipleship. This has been our constant revelation as we have curated content and reveled in the richness of our Catholic tradition. It’s the reason our course is structured as a full time experience over eight full months. 8 January - 29 August 2018. We have elected to dive as deeply as we can into a varied set of critical topics and experiences. You will certainly not be at a desk 24/7, but expect to be challenged, and pushed to achieve things you never thought you could.

We are on the look out for twelve very special characters, individuals who love Jesus and who lead intuitively. Individuals with enough courage to heed the call to lead young people in the Catholic Church despite the ever-present challenges of the world we live in. You’ll need to be 18 years or older, connected to a Parish or Diocese, be able to demonstrate leadership strengths and have the desire to grow though some rigorous training and formation in your mission to lead young people to Christ.



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8 January 2018 - 29 August 2018


Building the Kingdom of Heaven



USD 2600

ZAR 35000

Course Experience

The Catholic Leadership Academy is proud to offer a course as exciting as it is valuable. No two days will be the same, and every thing we do has been designed to add value to you as a leader and therefore the people that you serve. Spiritual retreats, challenging hands-on projects, community integration, top academic experts, and inspiring mentors are just some of the components of what awaits you on this ground breaking journey.
Learning Environment

We know that spaces affect the way we feel. That’s why we’re taking special care to create an environment where our candidates can joyfully be themselves, can find quiet prayerful space and can be inspired to go beyond themselves in service of others. Think Cathedral meets Coffee shop meets Ad agency and you’ll be getting close to imagining the space we are preparing as the HQ of the Catholic Leadership Academy. This will be your launching pad and your refuge on the CLA journey.


We believe that being a leader means first, leading self. For this reason we do not provide living accomodation for our candidates. Please ask us for information that will help you find the ideal home for your stay in Cape Town. We will also happily advise on the most suitable modes of transport while you are with us. In addition, we pair each leader up with a local Catholic family who will ensure that you always have dedicated, loving support should you ever need it.


Head. We teach an intro to Holy Scripture, Apologetics, History of the Church, Catholic Doctine on a variety of Issues, The lives of the Saints, Church tradition, Papal writings and Catholic Spirituality.
Hands. We believe in learning while doing, and so ensure that our candidates have challenging opportunities to practice their theory and to really become people of effective action.
Heart. We teach our candidates to connect with their deepest desires. We encourage intentional discernment, honest personal prayer, and a deepening appreciation for the movement of the Holy Spirit.

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Our leaders' relationship to the Clergy

We understand the vital importance of lay leaders that serve under the guidance of their clergy. In every element of our training we emphasize the importance of good communication with clergy and the need to secure clerical support for all plans before they are implemented.
Priest or Bishop? Please contact us with questions or input.