Summer Seminar and Schülerkreis FAQ



1. How do I confirm my attendance?

Your acceptance to the seminar will be considered pending until we receive your confirmation. 

To confirm your attendance, please respond to the initial acceptance email, or send your confirmation to as soon as possible. 

After confirming your attendance, please submit your seminar fee (see FAQ 2) and communicate your travel arrangements with the Seminar Coordinator (see FAQ 7).


2. How can I pay my seminar fee?

Payment may be made on the Hildebrand Project website or by check. Payments for the Retrieving Beauty seminar are due by May 31, 2017. 

•Click here to pay online. Please be sure to add “2017 Seminar” to the section titled “Include a note to the Hildebrand Project”

•Checks may be made out to “Hildebrand Project”; Memo: “2017 Seminar Fee”
 Mail to: Hildebrand Project
, 1235 University Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43952


3. How do I know if I received a scholarship/stipend? How and when are stipends dispersed?

Scholarships and stipend information is included in the initial acceptance email. Stipends are disbursed at the end of the seminar via PayPal. 




4. What sort of format does each seminar follow?

The Retrieving Beauty seminar offers both introductory and advanced sessions. A schedule of plenary and break-out sessions allows participants to concentrate on areas most relevant to their own interest, studies, and practice.

The Schülerkreis is a mix of academic conference and classical symposium. Each participant will give a presentation, followed by a response and discussion. Depending on the interests and expertise of the group, there may also be panels on particular topics. Ample time will be afforded to investigate new questions as they arise.  


5. How many people will be at the seminar?

The Retrieving Beauty seminar will host up to 70 participants. 

The Hildebrand Schülerkreis will be a smaller seminar, with around 15-20 participants.  


6. What is the dress attire?

The attire for all seminar sessions is business casual. However, for the opening and 

closing events, the attire is business: gentlemen: jacket and tie, suit optional; ladies: business dress, skirt ensemble, or dress pants. 

Participants will have access to the Finnegan Fieldhouse gym, so you may want to bring sportswear if you would like to use those facilities. 




7. How should I arrange my travels?

Please send your travel itinerary to the Seminar Coordinator at If flying, please include flight number, airport of departure, arrival time, and departure time for return flight.

Please plan to arrive at the seminar before check-in (5:00pm). Unfortunately, we cannot provide access to rooms prior to check-in and rooms must be vacated by check-out (8:00am) at the close of the seminar. Participants are welcome on campus outside of these parameters, (see FAQs 9 and 15) but rooms will be unavailable. Luggage storage will be provided.


8. Is there transportation to and from the Pittsburgh airport to Franciscan campus?

We will have a shuttle service running between the airport and campus for seminar participants, a 25 minute drive. Please note that the shuttle service cannot make pickups for flights scheduled to arrive after 11:00pm or dropoffs for flights departing before 7:30am.


9. What if my flight is delayed?

As long as your flight details (including flight number, area of departure, arrival time, and departure time) are relayed to the Coordinator, the transportation team will have that information and will be able to track your flight. Further, transportation staff will be given your phone number to call if there are any problems.


10. Where should I park?

If you are driving, please pull up to campus via the main entrance (it is clearly marked). There will be directions at the first stop sign at the top of the hill to assist you.


11. Can I arrive early and/or leave early?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide housing for those arriving a day early or leaving a day after check-out. However, we are able to make a reservation in your name at the Inn at Franciscan Square for a discounted rate. Please contact the Seminar Coordinator at if you will need to make these arrangements.

While we understand that participants may have compelling reasons to leave early, we highly encourage you to attend the full seminar. The closing banquet brings participants together for one final (and memorable) evening of testimonials from fellow participants and the chance to enjoy good food and conversation with friends made over the course of the week.




12. What kind of accommodations are available?

Each participant is given a private room in university housing for the duration of the seminar. Men and women are housed in separate hallways with separate bathrooms. The dormitories do have air conditioning and free wifi access. 


13. What are the bathroom facilities like?

Bathrooms and shower facilities in the dormitories are communal (separate for men and women) and it will be necessary to walk a short distance down the hallway to use the facilities.


14. Should I bring my own towel/hangers/sheet/etc.?

We will provide you with a towel, bedding (sheets, light blanket, and pillow), and hangers at check-in. There will also be access to an iron and ironing board. 


15. What is Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) and where is it?

FUS is a Catholic university that was founded in the small town of Steubenville, Ohio by TOR Franciscan Friars in 1946. Franciscan University remains one of the most respected Catholic universities in the United States. Since 2001, U.S. News & World Report’s guidebook on “America’s Best Colleges” has ranked Franciscan University in the elite “top tier” of Midwestern universities. 

Steubenville is located near the the eastern border of Ohio, a short distance from the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information on FUS, visit their website. 


16. What is there to do during free time?

Participants are invited to visit the bookstore, borrow books from the John Paul II Library, grab a coffee or snack in the JC Williams Center or Sandella's Flatbread Cafe, workout in the Finnegan Fieldhouse gym, relax in the dormitory, and/or visit any of the following sacred sites: 

The Portiuncula, Tomb of the Unborn Child, Marian Grotto, Stations of the Cross, Christ the King Chapel. You will be provided with a map of the campus and hours of operation for all of the above at check-in.


17. Is mass available? 

There is daily mass available on campus at Christ the King Chapel at 12:05pm.


18. Can the seminar accommodate allergies and/or special dietary requirements?

Yes, we would be happy to take care of your dietary needs. We simply ask for notification when you confirm your acceptance to the seminar.


19. Is there internet access?

Free WiFi is widely available on campus, including the dormitories, John Paul II Library, and the JC Williams Center. Access instructions will be given upon arrival.


20. Do dormitories have air conditioning?

Yes, each room has a heating and cooling unit located near the door from which the temperature may be adjusted.


21. Can I bring my spouse?

Due to the nature of our housing, we are unable to accommodate couples. 

If extenuating circumstances apply, please contact the Seminar Coordinator at


22. What if I have more questions?

We are happy to answer any questions you may still have. Please contact our Seminar Coordinator at