MISSION: To form, unite, and inspire young Catholics for the new evangelization by deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ, through prayer, study, culture, and community.
We provide in-depth formation in the Christian life for young people, by: bringing them to an authentic encounter with Christ in Faith; providing rigorous intellectual formation in the light of God’s word and the Philosophy of Aristotle; fostering authentic expressions of human culture; and allowing them the experience of community which will allow real friendships and support on the path to holiness. We not only want to inspire our participants to do great things with their lives and offer them the formation that makes it possible, but we also want to provide them with the resources they need in order to find their unique place in the Church.
VISION: Our name is Eagle Eye Ministries because the spirit behind Eagle Eye is the same as the spirit of Christ Jesus Himself, the “Eagle in flight,” (Rev. 4).
In Jesus Crucified, and especially His cry of thirst and the piercing of His Heart (when He gave His Spirit, the Paraclete, to His Church (I Jn. 5:8)), we find the fullest expression of this mystery of Christ, “the Eagle in flight”. This spirit, lived out perfectly by the Virgin Mary, was also embodied and handed on to the Church in a special way in the person and writings of St. John the Apostle, and demonstrated vividly for us in the life and doctrine of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus. Following in their footsteps, Eagle Eye strives to bring each of its participants to experience the cry of thirst of Christ as intensely as possible by helping them delve as deeply as possible into the mystery of a Christian Charity lived out as a “sincere gift of themselves” (Lumen Gentium, 22) in prayer, study, fraternal charity and apostolic service.
HISTORY: Eagle Eye began as a response by the Community of St. John to the thirst of young people...
Through their many apostolates with young people in the Church, from rock-climbing camps to downhill ski outings, Brothers and Sisters of the Community of St. John encountered many young people with a thirst to go to the heart of their Catholic Faith, to discover the profound harmony between their lives and the desires of Christ crucified. They began Eagle Eye to give the most, of the best, to the thirstiest.
In June of 2003, our first 8-day retreat took place in Princeville, Illinois. Since then, we have continuously expanded, hosting a variety of programs and activities as well as the Eagle Eye Ministries Associates Program, allowing people from across the nation to evangelize with us.
2003- First Teen Summer Institute, Princeville IL.
2004- Added Young Adult Summer Institute in Fargo, ND.
2005- Added Teen Summer Institute in Carey, Ohio.
2006- Added Young Adult Summer Institute in Front Royal, VA. Added 1-month Eagle Eye Summer Session.
2007- Began 13 Weekend Retreats, founded The Eagle Eye School of Evangelization (Eagle Eye Institute), added Teen Summer Institute in Fargo, ND, added Young Adult Summer Institutes in Greensburg, PA and Princeville, IL.
2008- Added Eagle Eye Young Adult Silent Retreat in Princeville, IL.
2009- Added Young Adult Summer Institute in Anchorage, Alaska.
2010- Moved Teen and Young Adult Summer Institutes from Fargo to UMary in Bismarck. Launched Marian Faith Network.
2011- First year of Ecclesia at UMary in Bismarck.
2012- Ecclesia participants doubled. First Eagle Eye Excursion to Hawaii. Headquarters moved to Laredo, TX. Young Adult Summer Institute began in Aspen, CO.
2013- Excursions go global with trip to Scotland.
2014- Totus Tuus: A Contemplative Approach to Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is published. Excursions trip to Iceland. Associates took their first pilgrimage to Poland to follow the footsteps of JPII.
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