MCLI….four letters that stand for something pretty great: the Malden Catholic Leadership Institute.
It’s been a long standing tradition at Malden Catholic High School, twenty three years to be exact, for the rising class of senior boys to attend this four day leadership retreat in early August on the beautiful campus of Endicott College in Beverly.
It began as a small program to prepare senior class officers and team captains for their respective leadership roles, but quickly expanded by popular demand to the entire senior class. It’s one of the highlights of the Malden Catholic experience and truly celebrates the unique school community at MC.
MCLI kicks off senior year in a powerful way with bonding experiences as well as giving each boy space to reflect and prepare for the numerous critical decisions he will need to make in his final year of school – decisions about leading his own life and leading others by example. MCLI provides the opportunity for the boys to plan and put into practice the leadership skills that will help them lead MC in the Xaverian Brothers’ tradition. During the action-packed four days, MCLI focuses on community building, leadership qualities, Christian service, gathering as a faith community, and Xaverian spirituality. In a smaller way, MCLI also prepares the boys for college life by giving them a few days on a college campus, living in a dorm and eating in the dining hall.
The retreat is run by MC’s Campus Ministry, and in addition to the senior class, MC administrators, faculty and coaches attend and participate fully in the daily events that include small group discussions focusing on relationships with God and others, personal and communal prayer experiences, liturgy, recreation, and a morning of community service outside the Endicott Campus and an evening of community service with Operation Support Our Troops.
The entire MC community wishes the boys in the Class of 2020 a successful senior year!