Peace Institute

February 25 – 27, 2022

COVID-19 Update: DATE CHANGE: To mitigate the risks of COVID-19, the Peace Institute will take place on February 25-27 with no overnight stay. Masks will be required. Please contact with any questions.

February 25 – 27, 2022

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?

I’ve learned that peace is gradual and takes time. You start with yourself and work your way up to the world.” —Participant, 2019


The Loras College Peace Institute is a three-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, and Dubuque community leaders, 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


The Peace Institute welcomes participants of all backgrounds and identities. We strive to make this experience equitable to high-school students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The attendance fee is on a sliding scale and need-based awards are available. View sample 2019 Peace Institute schedule.


To apply, fill out and submit the application form below. Be sure to include a short 1-2 paragraph answer to the questions listed at the end of the form. The application deadline is February 1st.



Peace Institute Application
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Character Reference

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Application Essay

Why are you interested in participating in the Loras College Peace Institute? Please answer in 1-2 paragraphs.




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. Supping peace leaders throughout the tri-state area to have a lasting impact on their communities. To sponsor a student, please contact


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

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

  • Sinsinawa Dominicans
  • Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
  • Archbishop Kucera Center for Catholic Intellectual and Spiritual Life
  • Richard and Melissa Brown
  • Stacia and David McDermott
  • Sisters of Charity, B.V.M.
  • Stephen and Cynthia Edwards
  • Michael and Janet Valder