Elevate Your Ministry

Join the Frassati Fellowship

Formation

The Frassati Fellowship is a 6-month formation program focused on developing your leadership as a minister within the Church. Complete with world-class teachers and mentors, you’ll get out as much as you put in.

Community

Join a cohort of fellows who all share in the Church’s mission to evangelize. You’ll pray together, travel together, and grow together in a community of support and faith.


Travel

The pinnacle event? A 9-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Trust us, your ministry will never be the same.

This time, it’s your turn to grow

Think to yourself – when was the last time in ministry that you could be the participant and not the leader? Be fed and not feed others? A life of ministry is a life of constantly giving of yourself.

With the Frassati Fellowship, it’s your turn to grow. With prayer, formation, and rejuvenation, all done within a supportive community, this is your chance to rejuvenate and deepen your call to ministry.

Formation, Community and Travel - 3 stepping stones on the path to elevating your ministry

With any formation program, you’ll get out what you put in. So we won’t be shy – this program requires time, dedication, and a willingness to grow. All aspects of the program are required, but don’t worry, this isn’t your typical classroom. Everything is designed around real-world, practical development in ministry and formation.

Each Frassati Fellow will commit to:

  • A total of 8 formation meetings which will take place on Friday afternoons between 1-3 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Dates are May 7 and 21, June 4 and 18, July 9, August 6 and 20, September 3
  • Meetings will be held via Zoom
  • Throughout the formation period, preparation readings and/or other preparatory assignments will be given to each Fellow
  • Each Fellow will also be required to complete a creative Capstone Project
  • All materials (books or other required supplies) are included in the program fee. Further details about exact requirements will be communicated to Fellows after acceptance into the program.
  • Each Fellow will be assigned a mentor and will be asked to meet with this mentor approximately 6 times throughout the program
  • Fellows and mentors will meet virtually based on their own availability
  • From July 14-22, 2021, the Frasatti Fellows head to the Holy Land! On your 9-day pilgrimage, you’ll walk in Jesus’ footsteps, pray where he preached, and contemplate his miracles and teachings. Through daily Mass, a contemplative pace, spiritual accompaniment, and expert guides, the Scriptures will come alive as you visit the various towns and sites where Jesus ministered.
  • There will be special moments on the journey, such as singing the Magnificat at the house of Mary, floating in the Dead Sea, walking down the Mount of Olives, praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, joining our Jewish brothers and sisters at the Western Wall, and much more. 
  • In many ways the pinnacle experience of this pilgrimage is the early morning walk on the lamp-lit corridors along the Via Dolorosa leading us to Christ’s tomb for a special Mass followed by prayer in the empty tomb, a moment to certainly cherish forever.
  • For full itinerary details, please visit the Frassati Pilgrimage Page.

How to Apply:

Applications for the Frassati Fellowship are being accepted through April 1, 2021.

Here are the steps to apply:

Complete the online application and upload your current resume or CV.

Write a personal statement (500 words or less) that answers the following question:

How do you hope that a pilgrimage to the Holy Land will contribute to your formation and leadership as a minister in the Catholic Church?

Secure a letter of support from your supervisor or religious superior

Please click here to download the Request for Letter of Support and share it with your supervisor, religious superior, or pastor. All letters must be signed and submitted to Verso Ministries via email or mail by the supporter. Please note the submission deadline for the letter of support is April 1, 2021.

Important Information

  • Applications due: April 1, 2021
  • Notifications: Week of April 19, 2021
  • Preparation Period: May-July 2021
  • Pilgrimage: July 14-22, 2021
  • Mystagogy: August-September 2021
  • Capstone Presentations: September-October 2021
  • Actual value: $4,499
  • Final cost: $2,499 plus cost of roundtrip airfare to Israel 
    • Single room supplement: $599 (limited availability)
  • Final cost includes $2,000 scholarship courtesy of Verso MInistries
  • The Frassati Fellowship is perfect for people who are:
    • Working full- or part-time in Catholic ministry
    • Leading a Catholic ministry at their parish, school, or other organization in a volunteer capacity
    • Enrolled in graduate studies in theology, divinity, or related field
    • Ordained or vowed religious
  • Decisions will be communicated the week of April 19, 2021
  • To confirm participation, Fellows must:
    • Complete all required paperwork within 7 days of notification
    • Pay the non-refundable program deposit of $999 within 7 days of notification
    • Final balance due June 1, 2021
    • Payment plans can be arranged. Contact us for more details.

All cancellations must be submitted to Verso Ministries in written form and received via email or mail. Any refunds, as applicable, will be processed based on the date stamp of email or mail received. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims and fees will be charged per person per booking.

Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here:

  • After Deposit to May 31, 2021: First payment ($999) is non-refundable
  • June 1, 2021 or after: 100% of program fee ($2,499) is non-refundable

Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, tickets, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed here. All group flight airline tickets, optional excursions, trip options, pre/post extensions, private transfers, and additional hotel nights are non-refundable 100 days or less prior to departure unless otherwise noted.

“Verso Ministries has gained my trust and confidence that the Spirit is the center and guide of all their mission.”

Yen F.
Pilgrim, World Youth Day in Panama, 2019

“Not only has pilgrimage allowed me to grow in faith, but it has given me tools to continue my personal development and a community in which to do so.”

Emma H.
Pilgrim, Kentucky “Holy Spirits” Pilgrimage, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

The Frassati Fellowship is a six-month fellowship of prayer, formation, and most importantly – pilgrimage. Fellows will meet regularly in anticipation of a life-changing pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

  • The program is built around 3 pillars – Formation, Community, and of course, Travel!
  • Formation: The goal is to develop your leadership as a minister within the Church. Formation will consist of regular meetings with your cohort, readings and other assignments to prepare for and process the pilgrimage, and a mentor to walk with you each step of the way. The Fellowship culminates in a creative Capstone Project where each Fellow will express their outcomes from the program.
  • Community: Join a cohort of 25 Fellows who all share in the Church’s mission to evangelize. Together, you will pray, reflect, and grow together in this network of supportive colleagues in ministry.
  • Travel: The cornerstone of the Frassati Fellowship is a 9-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We cannot understate the value that a visit to the Holy Land will bring upon your ministry. Being able to visit these places so familiar to us will forever impact the way you read, pray with, and teach Scripture.

 

  • Upon acceptance, you will enter a 6-month-long fellowship. For the Summer 2021 cohort, your timeline will be the following:
    • Preparation Period: May-July 2021
    • Pilgrimage: July 14-22, 2021
    • Mystagogy: August-September 2021
    • Capstone Presentations: September-October 2021
  • As a Fellow, you would be invited to:
    • Formation meetings
    • Formation assignments
    • One-on-one meetings with a mentor

We know that the life of a ministry leader is usually packed, jumping from one commitment to the next, so we’ve designed the Fellowship with this in mind. Fellows can anticipate spending about 2 hours per week from May-October to participate. A small investment for big growth!

 

  • To apply, you’ll fill out and submit the online application, including a personal statement (500 words or less) answering “How do you hope that a pilgrimage to the Holy Land will contribute to your formation and leadership as a minister in the Catholic Church?”. To complete your application, you will need to secure a letter of support from your supervisor or religious superior.
  • Applications are due on April 1, 2021. 
  • Finalists will be invited to a virtual interview, and decisions will be communicated the week of April 19.

The Frassati Fellowship is designed for people who are working full- or part-time in Catholic ministry, leading a Catholic ministry in a parish, school, or other organization,  are enrolled in full-time graduate studies in theology, divinity, or related field, or are an ordained or vowed religious. Anyone who holds a position of leadership within the Church, is looking for a way to maintain their own spirituality and a community to have formative experiences while developing themself professionally, is welcome to apply. If you aren’t sure whether you are eligible or not, just ask us! Email us at hello@versoministries.com, and we’ll get back to you.

First of all, we view this as an investment in the leaders of our Church and an opportunity to serve those who are usually doing the serving! For this reason, we are subsidizing the cost significantly with a $2,000 scholarship to make the program as accessible as possible to those that are interested. Let’s be honest, most graduate students, lay ministers, priests, and religious aren’t bringing home six figures a year!

  • Applications are due on April 1, 2021. Finalists will be invited to a virtual interview, and decisions will be communicated the week of April 19. Decisions will be sent via email.
  • If you receive an acceptance email the week of April 19, then you will need to complete all required paperwork and pay the non-refundable program deposit of $999 within 7 days of notification or forfeit your spot.
  • Upon acceptance to the program, you will receive an invoice reflecting the total program cost. Within 7 days of notification, payment of the non-refundable $999 deposit is due and can be paid online with a credit card or debit card, or by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Verso Ministries LLC” and mailed to address below:
    • Verso Ministries LLC
      P.O. Box 986
      Notre Dame, IN 46556
  • Your remaining balance is due June 1, 2021. You will receive a final balance reminder via email 4 weeks prior to June 1, 2021.
  • Payment plans can be arranged. Contact us for more details.
  • No. While we love to welcome people on our pilgrimages, because the Fellowship pilgrimage is the culmination of six months of formation and fellowship with a set group of leaders only those who are part of the cohort will be eligible to attend the pilgrimage. 
  • While this pilgrimage may be reserved for Fellows, we hope you and your guest will join us for another Verso pilgrimage. Check out our upcoming departures
  • Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.
    • Cancellation after Deposit to May 31, 2021 : First payment ($999) is non-refundable
    • Cancellation June 1, 2021 or after: 100% of program fee ($2,499) is non-refundable
  • All cancellations must be submitted to Verso Ministries in written form and received via email or mail. Any refunds, as applicable, will be processed based on the date stamp of email or mail received. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims and fees will be charged per person per booking. 
  • Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, tickets, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed here.
  •  All group flight airline tickets, optional excursions, trip options, pre/post extensions, private transfers, and additional hotel nights are non-refundable 100 days or less prior to departure unless otherwise noted.
  • Yes, we anticipate offering the Frassati Fellowship annually.  Sign up below  for our e-newsletter to keep up to date on future Frassati Fellowship cohorts.

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