The Taizé community is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Burgundy, France. The community has become one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. It is composed of more than 100 brothers from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz, a Reformed Protestant. Through the community's ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity, and reconciliation.
The Taizé community has been a significant influence on the ministry of the Chapel of Resurrection. The music written by and for the Taizé community, contemplative choruses most frequently in Latin or English, have been a staple of Morning Prayer services at the Chapel for at least the last dozen years. As such, they have been formative in the prayer lives of students, faculty, and staff at Valpo.
March 4 - Depart Chicago for Geneva
March 5 - Arrive in Geneva, then travel to Taizé
- 8:15 AM - Morning prayer, then breakfast
- 10:00 AM - Introduction to the day with a brother of the community followed by small group discussion
- 12:20 PM - Midday prayer, then lunch
- 2:00 PM - Optional song-practice during the afternoon international small groups or practical work
- 5:15 PM - Tea
- 5:45 PM - Theme workshops
- 7:00 PM - Supper
- 8:30 PM - Evening prayer, then vigil with songs in the church or free time. On Fridays, evening prayer is followed by a vigil around the cross.
- 9:30 PM - Free socializing time at 'Oyak'
- 11:30 PM - Night silence across the camp.
March 11 - Transfer to Geneva airport and fly back to Chicago
Students will take THEO-353: Contemplative Prayer in Community, which will fulfill an upper-level Theology requirement. The course is also cross listed with Christ College; therefore, Christ College students would be able to receive CC credit for the course. Contemplative Prayer in Community will also fulfill a Cultural Diversity requirement. The course is open to all students, including freshman.
Course Description: A study of the history and practice of the Taizé monastic community at Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France, through background reading and participation with the community in prayer and work for a week of Spring Break.
The group will meet four times before departure to discuss the required texts as well as to receive preparatory information to enhance their safety and enjoyment of the trip. The first of these meetings will be on Friday, January 13, from 5-6 PM in the Helge Center Conference Room.
The group will participate in a short-term study abroad experience over Spring Break from March 4-11, 2017.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
This program is open to all students and has no pre-requisite requirements.
The deadline to apply for this program is November 18, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by faculty leader Pastor James Wetzstein alongside the Office of International Programs staff after the deadline has passed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email.
Click the Apply Now button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet in the link above. The program cost is an estimate that includes airfare, all transportation in-country, housing, and all meals.
$2,425 - Program Fee
$135 - Passport (If needed)
$100 - Personal spending
$2,660 - TOTAL
Spring Break 2017 Budget Information Program cost includes all transportation in country, housing, meals, group flight, and an on-site program coordinator.
Students should consider their own individual spending habits when planning for personal spending.
Important - please read!
Your program application will be reviewed after the application deadline. When you are accepted to the program, you will be required to click the commit button to confirm your participation. Commitment is your legal contract to Valparaiso University to study abroad and pay the cost of the program in its entirety. Do not commit to your participation in a program before determining that you can afford it. After commitment, you may be legally liable to pay the program charges even if you can no longer participate, though the Office of International Programs will work to refund any recoverable costs.
The budget costs listed on this page are estimates and subject to change slightly until acceptances are sent.
A $375 down payment will be due on November 18th. The remaining balance and final payment will be due on Friday, January 13th.
Program Contact Information
Name: Pastor James Wetzstein
Office: Helge Center, Room 117
*For questions about program specifics, academic content, and coursework
Study Abroad Advisor
Name: Nicole Hughes
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
*For questions about program specifics and application process.
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program's end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport or proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.