In May students from Sacred Heart Catholic High School in New Market Ontario travelled to Jericho House to attend their school’s annual TORCH Leadership Conference. TORCH is Jericho House’s signature ministry which can be experienced either as a 3-day event or in an extended day format. It is a biblically grounded, experientially based and peer-led leadership experience weaving together leadership, social and ecological justice and spirituality. The conference participants move through integrated sessions focusing on: bonding, gifting, communicating, visioning, deciding, acting, journaling, praying and evaluating.
As the students left Jericho House, leaving behind comments such as
- “I have learned and improved on certain values that I can apply back at school, home or anywhere in the world”,
- “I learned a lot about being a leader and about leadership and the importance of making a difference”,
- “a small torch has opened inside me; I hope this torch will become bigger and stronger”.
The spring semester TORCH conferences will end with a school form Markham Ontario attending a 3-day conference in June and then commence again in the fall with both extended day and 3-day conferences.