What is Hearts Aflame?
Hearts Aflame is a ten day Catholic summer school that is open to young adults aged 18 to 35 and it has been happening every year in New Zealand since 1992. It’s organised by a team of lay volunteers who are dedicated to serving the Catholic Church in New Zealand, and passionate about living and sharing the truth and fullness of the Catholic faith.
The Mission of Hearts Aflame
Hearts Aflame aims to develop and foster authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church through participation in the Sacraments, prayer, and formation, lived-out and experienced in a short-term community environment.
Hearts Aflame is a school of formation in Catholic theology, philosophy, and spirituality, for Catholic young adults.
The Summer School actively works to promote each participant’s discovery and living-out of their vocation in love, truth, and holiness, in the life and mission of the Catholic Church.
participants since 1992
lectures on catholic life & teaching
cumulative hours of adoration
Built on the Eucharist & Prayer
Hearts Aflame is firmly established on the Eucharist and prayer, with Mass every day, Prayer of the Church three times a day and Eucharistic Adoration at the end of each night. Hearts Aflame also features praise and worship sessions and various other forms of Catholic devotional prayer, as well as Reconciliation which is constantly available for those who seek it.
A Place of Learning
Hearts Aflame is a place of learning about the Catholic faith, with daily lectures and teaching sessions on official Church teaching and Catholic spirituality. Previous Hearts Aflame summer schools have featured teaching on issues such as apologetics, pro-life issues, prayer, Scripture, Church history, vocations, Theology of the Body, Eucharistic theology, lives of the Saints, the role of the laity, covenantal theology, liturgy – just to name a few.
Hearts Aflame offers heaps of opportunities for socialising and making great new friends from around New Zealand, as well as daily free time for sports, relaxation and informal prayer opportunities, and if you’re a singer you can even join our choir. Hearts Aflame also has a specialised pastoral team, whose members are available to pray and talk with over the ten days.
A Time to Discern
Hearts Aflame is proud to have a special reputation for providing a place of prayer for people to take time out and discern more about the vocation that Christ is calling them to dedicate their life to. To help support you with this important aspect of your life we have a special night session dedicated to the issue of vocations and vocational discernment.