What We Do

The Benedict XVI Institute serves as the main outreach arm of the College. We work alongside the faculty and staff at Newman Theological College and St Joseph Seminary to host outreach events for youth, run programs to equip Catholic leaders, publish research into vocations.


Join other young adults and dive into the mysteries of our faith!  Credo (“I Believe”) offers an evening of cultural apologetics focusing on a different topic each month.  The evening begins with Compline (night prayer) offered by Newman’s Schola, followed by a talk, group discussions, a testimony, and a social.


Adoremus (Let us Adore) is a monthly evening of Sung Vespers, Confession, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament hosted at St. Joseph Basilica, and is the sister event to Credo. 

Newman Collegiate Life

Institute staff help support student life at Newman Theological College.


Internship Program

The Catholic Culture and Vocations Internship is open to young adults interested in developing their leadership skills. This intensive internship runs May-August. The Student Interns run youth events, serve at camps, and are engaged in cultural events in Edmonton and around Alberta.

Conferences and Seminars

The Institute periodically hosts various Conferences and Seminars related to the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The “Faith and Reason Seminar” is an invite-only 5 day intellectual retreat aimed at Catholic professionals and other leaders normally held in June or July. Nominations can be made by graduates of the seminar.


Research and Publications on Vocations

The Institute is engaged in original research and publications on topics connected to the New Evangelization. For 2022-25 our main focus is on researching into vocations in Canada and on identifying the key contributing factors that lead young men to discern a call to the priesthood.

Our first major study "Meet Our New Priests" provides a baseline for future research on vocations in Canada.