Ahead Leadership Program
High School Boys
Leadership for America
High School Boys
Middle School Boys
Plato and Aristotle
St. Thomas Aquinas
Alexis de Tocqueville
Seminars and Faculty
Thomas More: A
Case Study in Leadership.
Included a study of
Shakespeare's Henry V. --- Faculty: Dr.
Gerard B. Wegemer - University of
Dallas/Director of the Center for Thomas
More Studies and author of
Thomas More: A
Portrait of Courage. ---Dr.
Stephen Smith - Hillsdale College (Michigan)
The American Founding:
Leadership for a Modern Democracy.
Included a study of Thomas More, Socrates,
Abraham Lincoln, Julius Caesar.---Faculty:
Dr. Gerard B. Wegemer - University of
Dallas. ---Mr. Travis Curtwright -
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Dallas
Democracy in America:
Political Philosophy and Statesmanship
Focusing on the Writings of Alexis de
---Faculty: Dr. Dwight Duncan -
Southern New England School of Law. --- Dr.
Phillip Muñoz - North Carolina State
Faith: The Harmony of Nature and Spirit.
---Faculty: Dr. Richard Ferrier - Thomas
Aquinas College. --- Dr. Michael Kelleher -
University of Ibadan (Nigeria).
Politics and Religion
in America: The Philosophical Roots of
Freedom. ---Faculty: Dr. Richard
Ferrier - Thomas Aquinas College. --- Dr.
Jeffrey Langan - University of Notre Dame.
The Tyranny of
Relativism and the Freedom of Reality.
---Faculty: Dr. Sean Kelsey - UCLA. --- Dr.
David Thunder - University of Notre Dame.
"The way for a young man to rise
is to improve himself in every way he
King Henry V,
all made a difference in their world.
Leadership for America is looking for high
school students who want to make a
difference in ours. To understand more
clearly the complexities and challenges of
great leadership, we will investigate the
life, times, and writings of those who made
a positive contribution and achieved
historical prominence. The underlying
principles of leadership based on the
natural law, moral convictions, freedom of
conscience, and democratic ideology will be
studied in light of Catholic values and
"You are ambitious for knowledge, for
leadership, for great ventures. Good. Very
good. But let it be for Christ, for Love..."
Escriva, The Way #24
Leadership for America is an annual college-level seminar
series for qualified high school boys from
the Western United States. Each year, the
Seminar focuses on particular leaders and
concepts. Because of their inherent value,
some of them will be repeated in subsequent
years. The Seminar is also designed with the
purpose of strengthening the Catholic faith
of the participants through formative talks,
daily Mass, and the rosary. The formation
given is in keeping with the spirit of the
Prelature of Opus Dei - finding God in
The Leadership for
America Seminar Series is sponsored by the
of the Tilden Study Center (Los Angeles,
California) in cooperation with other
centers of Opus Dei in California.
with people of good quality, for it is
better to be alone than in bad company..."
-Booker T. Washington
Monday, June 16 -
Saturday, June 21
What About the Poor?--- A
Challenge for All Times
thousand years ago Jesus spoke about the poor
always being with us as he showed a preferential
love for them.
As it is obvious in every society, there
are those who lack the bare necessities of food
In his recent apostolic exhortation,
Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel),
Pope Francis writes about the
obligations that Christians have to the poor,
and the duty to establish and maintain just
economic, political, and legal orders. Francis
says that the world "can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the
He calls for action "beyond
a simple welfare mentality" and one that "attack[s]
the structural causes of inequality."
Refocusing society's priorities, he asks how "it
is not a news item when an elderly homeless
person dies of exposure, but it is news when the
stock market loses two points?"
Responding to this challenge,
the 2014 Leadership for America Seminar will
explore some of the causes and possible
solutions by examining these points:
Who are the poor and needy and how did they come
to be so?
What is the best way to help them and who should
Should the responsibility to assist them be with
families? Communities? Governments?
Corporations? Individuals? Or do they all have a
part to play?
To whom do the goods of the earth belong and who
should decide on their distribution?
Is there a preferred economic and political
system for the care of the needy…Capitalism,
Socialism, Communism, Monarchism?
What do the philosophers say? What does history
What does the Magisterium of the Church
What is my personal
responsibility in helping the needy?
FACULTY: Professor Ashton Ellis; Pepperdine
University; Claremont Graduate University. +
Professor Kevin Walker; Vanguard University.
Motivated and academically
successful high school boys entering their
junior or senior year as well as those who are
entering their freshman year of college.
$425 Payable to: TILDEN STUDY CENTER
(Partial scholarships are available).
Applicants will be admitted by a
selection committee from completed
applications. An interview may be required
at a sponsoring center. For more
information, call Hank or Matt at the
Tilden Study Center in Los Angeles: (310)
208-0941. You can download information
and the application:
Dates and Schedule
Leadership for America Seminar will begin on the
afternoon of Monday, June 16 and end on Saturday
morning, June 21 at Trumbull Manor in Novato,
California. The daily schedule will include the
- Mornings: Prayer, Holy Mass, seminar classes, free
time and study time.
- Afternoons: Holy Rosary, sports/swimming, classes.
- Evenings: Talent Show, free time, Debate Night,
- Special Events: Guest speakers, Angel Island hike,
Natural Law : Common
Truths Written in Your Heart.
---Faculty: Dr. Jeffrey Langan - University
of Notre Dame. --- Mr. Jason Joseph, M.A. -
Cistercian Preparatory School, Dallas Texas.
God and Caesar : Religion
in the Public Square. ---Faculty:
Dwight Duncan, J.D., Southern New England School
of Law. ---Dr. Richard Ferrier, Thomas Aquinas
Liberty and Unity:
Philosophy from Lincoln's Speeches.
---Faculty: Dr. Phillip Muñoz (Tufts / Princeton
/ Notre Dame) ---Peter Campbell, Ph.D.
candidate, Notre Dame.
- The Philosophical
Equation: Human Dignity + Moral Absolutes =
Human Rights -
Faculty: Dr. Jeff Langan (Holy Cross College at
Notre Dame) --- Brendan Palla (Fordham
- The Philosophy of
School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University.
Dr. Jeffrey Lehman, Thomas Aquinas College.
The Road to Virtue: From
Thomas Cavanaugh, Department of
Philosophy; University of San Francisco.
Steven Smith, Professor of Sacred Scripture;
Mount St. Mary's University, Maryland.
2013 - Religious
Freedom and Expression -Faculty: Dr.
Jeffrey Lehman; Thomas Aquinas College /
Hillsdale College. + Dr. Matthew Peterson;
Claremont Graduate University.