The Program


 A Day in the Life


You wake up in the old convent in the South Bronx where you live with 20 other ESM students from around the world. Heading to the chapel, you spend an hour in silent Eucharistic Adoration. Then you join your fellow students for a time of sung praise and communal prayer.

After breakfast, you head to your assigned duty for the morning. Sometimes you help the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa’s sisters) serve the poorest of the poor. Sometimes you distribute food and clothing to the homeless at St. Rita’s Parish. Sometimes you clean the house and prepare meals for your fellow students.


At midday you come back together for Holy Mass, followed by lunch. After an hour of free time, you spend the afternoon diving into Catholic theology, as well as learning how to engage the culture in questions about God and faith. Teachers from all over the world come to share their expertise in particular areas.

In the evening you share a common meal and enjoy free time or recreation together.


4 Pillars


1>> Spiritual Life

  • Grow in personal and community prayer.

  • Discover the deep dynamism of Liturgy and the power of the Sacraments.

  • Put daily Eucharist and Adoration at the core of your life.

  • Integrate silence in your life.

  • Experience retreats and a pilgrimage to Rome.

  • Learn to accept yourself and the Mercy of God.


2>> Intellectual Formation

  • Study Scripture, Dogmatic Theology, Apologetics, Evangelization, Moral Theology,  Anthropology, Marriage and Family, Bioethics, Sacraments, Social Doctrine of the Church, Spirituality, Philosophy, Church History, Judaism and Islam, etc.

  • Learn from internationally-renowned theologians and experts.

  • Earn a certificate from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, Italy.


3>> Community Life

  • Embrace a full-time residential community life.

  • Encounter young people from different cultures and backgrounds.

  • Grow in charity and humility.

  • Experience the joys and challenges of living with others.

  • Develop life-long friendships.


4>> Missionary Formation

  • Gain pastoral experience on the ground through school, university & parish outreach.

  • Engage in service of compassion to the homeless in the South Bronx.

  • Learn how to evangelize in today’s multi-cultural context.

  • Develop creative skills through training in singing, guitar, drama, and interpersonal communication.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ How long is the program?

The program runs for 9 months, from October 1st-July 1st each calendar year.

+ Is this school focused on youth only?

Yes, the age range is from 18-30 years old.

+ Is the school open to international students?

Yes, after you are accepted into the program, we will walk you through how to obtain a VISA.

+ If I am from the USA, do I still need a passport?

Yes, there will be travel that will take you outside of the USA for Missions.

+ How do I apply for the ESM?

  • A photograph
  • Link to social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Brief background description and current resume
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation from one of the following: your pastor/parish priest, a local bishop or community leader.
  • Baptismal and Confirmation Certifications
  • Copy of Passport
  • Click here to apply

+ How do I know if I am qualified?

Send in your application requirements as above and we will discuss with you further. After two interviews in person or via skype you will be notified of your acceptance.

+ Do I receive college credit for the school?

You do not receive college credit for the Emmanuel School of Mission, but you do receive a certificate from the Pontifical Lateran University which honors your theological studies during this year.

+ What kind of certification (if any) will I obtain from joining the ESM?

You will receive a certificate from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, Italy. This certificate shows that you have completed a course of theological study approved by the Pontifical Lateran University. You can put it on your resume to demonstrate your qualification for positions in the Church requiring theological competence.

+ What languages are spoken at the ESM?

The ESM has a diversity of leaders, teachers, and students from all over the world. The only language spoken and required is English.

+ Do I need to be a Catholic to join the ESM?

Yes, the requirement is to have Baptismal and Confirmation certificates. If you do not hold these certificates and are interested in becoming a Catholic, please inquire with us.

+ What is a prerequisite to join the ESM?

You have fulfilled or are interested in receiving your Baptismal and Confirmation Certifications. You must complete a background check and the application requirements to get to the next step in the application process.

+ What is expected of me when the program is over?

‘Duc in altum’, ‘out into the deep’ …. St Pope John Paul II reminded us of Jesus’ words to St Peter in relation to the New Evangelization. The ESM graduate is sent out with the fire to share the Gospel, equipped with new skills and knowledge to be leaders in the Church, in their parishes, communities and dioceses. Most importantly, with a profound sense of the need for prayer and lifelong commitment to deepen their relationship with Christ who sustains him or her in the mission.