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 24 -
Saturday, June 29
Religious Freedom and
The God-given natural right
of religious freedom and expression has not been
legitimately recognized in many places
throughout the world since time immemorial.
The battle now plays out in our own country as
secularist minds have a much different
interpretation of "Liberty and Justice for All".
A clear understanding of the concepts and rights
involved are a necessity for every American who
wants to enjoy and safeguard our constitutional
FACULTY: Dr. Jeffrey Lehman; Thomas Aquinas College
/ Hillsdale College. + Dr. Matthew Peterson;
Claremont Graduate University.
In this yearís seminar we are going to probe the following
From where does our
right to religious freedom originally come?
What is considered a
legitimate expression of that freedom?
What obligation does a
citizen have to follow the laws of society
when they conflict with his conscience?
How can I tell if my
conscience is right or wrong?
Is it permissible to
have a Nativity scene or the Ten
Commandments displayed in public areas?
If itís true for you,
does it have to be true for me?
sovereignty cannot legislate evil but should
support the good of all.
Can private and church
institutions be obliged by the state to
perform or pay for immoral activities?
Can the government
tell me what to do? Can religion tell me
what to do? Who is right and when?
How the U.S. Supreme
Court damages the common good with serious
moral errors in the past (slavery) and now
- What is the
connection between acquiring the habit of
virtue and finding happiness?
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.
$420 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 Lopez-Oña 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 24 and end on Saturday
morning, June 29 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.