Peace Institute

JULY 22 – 25, 2019

July 22 – 25, 2019

Our world is deeply and beautifully interconnected. While this means that each of us has the opportunity to participate in and celebrate our common life, it also means that the horrific realities of violence and injustice in our society continue to be brought home to our doorsteps, perhaps now more urgently than ever. How can we respond?

The Loras College Peace Institute is a four-day camp experience that teaches leadership and peace-building to high school-aged youth, empowering students with skills in self-awareness, relationship building and repairing, and inter-religious literacy. Guided by Loras students, faculty, and staff, participants will learn concrete strategies that will not only enable them to be more aware of themselves and the issues facing our world, but also equip them to be a positive force to create stronger, healthier communities. Students will engage with peers from various religious, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds as they together discover paths to peace with self, with community, with creation, and with the world.

I am so impressed with the Peace Institute. [My son] told me he didn’t want to leave… I think you have an opportunity to really make a difference in people’s lives and in turn, make a difference in the world.” —Mother of Participant

Updated 2019 Peace Institute Schedule


APPLY for the Loras College Peace Institute! We are accepting applications until May 30, 2019. The four day, three night institute is $400 per accepted student, which includes all meals, housing, activities, and materials. Scholarships are available; please inquire if interested. Submit your application today!


Why are you interested in participating in the Loras College Peace Institute? Please email application essays to Brenna Cussen Anglada at


New Deadline – May 30, 2019 –  Click button below to Apply Now!
The Peace Institute will be limited to 25 participants.  In our efforts, we strive to make this experience equitable to all faith and non-faith backgrounds, as well as all socio-economic backgrounds.

I came in not thinking that world peace was attainable, and I leave knowing that is attainable, and that I am going to work towards it happening.”


If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact


  • Click the Apply Now! button below and submit the online application.
  • Mini Essay: Email a short paragraph or two summarizing why you are interested and would like to be selected for participation in the Loras College Peace Institute.
  • Applications and essays must be received by May 30, 2019.  You will be notified of acceptance shortly after application and essay are reviewed.

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High School Teachers/Guidance Counselors: Nominate your students to apply to Loras Peace Institute! Let your students know that you notice a demonstration of leadership in/commitment to/passion for issues of justice and peace, and that you think they should apply for this wonderful opportunity! You can print out our nomination certificate in MSWord format, PDF format or create one of your own.  Scholarship opportunities are available.

Nomination Certificate


Get Involved!  Consider volunteering, donating, or sponsoring someone to attend. Your contribution will support our mission of equipping peace leaders throughout the tri-state area to have a lasting impact on their communities. For more information, contact

Donate to the Peace Institute!

To sponsor a student for $400, please use donate link above and email and indicate that you would like your donation to go toward scholarship money.

Thank You to the following sponsors for supporting the 2018 Loras Peace Institute

  • Archbishop Kucera Center for Catholic Intellectual and Spiritual Life
  • New Melleray Trappist Abbey
  • Dubuque Area Congregations United
  • Sisters of Charity, B.V.M.
  • Sisters of Saint Francis
  • Sisters of the Presentation
  • Sinsinawa Dominicans
  • Dubuque Kiwanis Club
  • Mike and Janet Valder
  • Steve and Cindy Edwards
Updated 2019 Peace Institute Schedule

We’ll explore concepts such as peace with self, peace with community, peace with creation & peace with the world. 

Day One: Peace with Self
  • The Integral Wheel of Peace
  • Understanding our own story
  • Mindfulness exercises at Sinsinawa Mound
  • Why interfaith dialogue advances peace in the world
  • A Jewish Perspective on Peace
  • Laughter Yoga
Day Two: Peace with Community
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Team-building/Trust-building activities
  • Restorative Justice
  • Racial Justice
  • A Christian Perspective on Peace
Day Three: Peace with Creation
  • A Meskwaki Perspective on Peace
  • Meskwaki History
  • Food Justice at Convivium Urban Gardens
  • Sustainable living at St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm
Day Four: Peace with World
  • Examples of nonviolence in action
  • A Muslim perspective on peace
  • Putting Peace into Practice
Every Day: Peace Heroes
  • Peace Heroes
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Games, bonfires, laughter!
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Application Essay:

Why are you interested in participating in the Loras College Peace Institute? Please email application essays to Brenna Cussen Anglada at

Scholarships Available

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact


Questions? Contact Us


Brenna Cussen Anglada  

Brenna Cussen Anglada
Director of Peace Institute
563.588.7056 | click here to email

Eric Anglada  

Eric Anglada
Assistant Director of Peace Institute