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Internship Programs

Volunteering was the most incredibly unique experience of my life!
Joe Ellefson

Saint Kateri Rosary Walk Internship

The day for the interns begins with a rosary at 6:45 a.m. Their work day is from 7:30 to 3:30, weather permitting, and meals are taken together in the retreat dining hall. Most of the construction on the shrine happens in the summer, when groups of college-aged young men work through the diocese and Southwest Indian Foundation in the Catholic Pueblo Revival Internship. The men follow a daily schedule of prayer, work, and recreation, and receive academic credit and a stipend in exchange for their service to the shrine.

Work on Adobe Walls
Work on Adobe Walls

“Knowing that the building methods are completely traditional and they’ll last for forever” is a highlight of the work, said one intern, Joe Meyers.

The day closes with Night Prayer at 9 p.m., and there’s an option in the evening for daily Mass in town most days. The men also take a class on Christian virtue, with credit available through Thomas More College.

Saint Kateri Rosary Walk - Moving Stones
Saint Kateri Rosary Walk - Moving Stones

The program “is quiet, and contemplative,” said participant James Lafave. “We do Night Prayer every night and that for me has been probably the highlight of every day, just reflecting on the day, and looking back on things that you’ve been thankful for, and sitting in the silence.”

“Living at a retreat center, working and praying and eating together – the life of the men working on the shrine resembles a kind of pseudo-monasticism.” says Bishop Wall. 

“Interns are really like missionaries, because a missionary is somebody who is sent, and they have been sent to us for this particular apostolate. That is to help build this beautiful shrine,” Bishop Wall said.

Saint Kateri Rosary Walk | Youth Volunteers
Saint Kateri Rosary Walk | Youth Volunteers
San Isidro Farms Internship Program

San Isidro Farms Internship

San Isidro Farms is a 270 acre historic property within the Zuni Mountains of Gallup, New Mexico. A real working farm,  San Isidro Farms, provides a rare opportunity to learn not only about raising “open field” crops like corn, squash and flowers but you will also learn about helping run a fish hatchery.

San Isidro Farms View
San Isidro Farms View
San Isidro Farms Working
San Isidro Farms Working
San Isidro Farms Approaching First Harvest
San Isidro Farms Approaching First Harvest
To be in the Saint Kateri Rosary Walk or San Isidro Farms Apprenticeship / Internship Program Please Contact Us for more Information

All Internship Applications have been filled for the 2022 Summer Programs. We sincerely appreciate all those who applied. We are looking forward to seeing next summers’s applicants. Be sure to check back often for future openings.

The San Isidro Farms and Saint Kateri Rosary Walk are “Companion” Programs that are very similar in design, purpose, and scheduling. The two groups meet and share mutual prayer events and activities. The Saint Kateri and San Isidro staff reserves the right to offer an internship position in either program as the positions fill up. We will try to accommodate your preferences but ultimately placement is at the discretion of our staff. We encourage all young Catholic Men of “mettle” to prayerfully consider this “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

Contact Emails:
For the San Isidro Farms Internship Program
The Saint Kateri Rosary Walk Internship Program

Application Deadline: February 25, 2022
Program Dates: June 4th – August 6th, 2022
Contact Jeremy Boucher at (505) 863-9568 or gccdirector@gmail.com