Who We Are

Mission & Vision

ESTEEM trains, encourages, and supports young adults at colleges and universities across the United States in their baptismal call to use their gifts and talents in service to the Church.
The ESTEEM program is designed to assist young adult participants to:
  • reflect on their call to leadership
  • participate in a community of similarly talented, dedicated young adults
  • understand their baptismal responsibilities and vocations
  • discover ways to exercise leadership in the Church
ESTEEM holds up a vision of faithful, ecclesially engaged young adults serving on parish and diocesan pastoral and finance councils and boards of trustees of Catholic organizations across the country.

Of note is that ESTEEM is not intended to serve as religious education or catechesis, nor is it intended to offer training in youth or young adult ministry, per se. Rather, it is aimed at young adult Catholics already knowledgeable and committed to Catholicism who command notice for their intellectual acumen, their innate leadership qualities, their passion for excellence, and desire to serve the Church. ESTEEM aims to identify those young adults, cultivate their desire for service to the Church, provide a curriculum that encourages their leadership – especially in the temporal affairs of the Church – and offer opportunities for such service, gradually developing a network of talented, actively engaged young adult leaders serving the Church.

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Thank you to all of our students, site leaders, and mentors who joined us for our annual #ESTEEMCapstone21! Your patience with the transition to the virtual realm and tenacity this year are so appreciated! Thank you, also, to our young alumni and ministry leaders who joined our panel and small groups. A Sunday afternoon well spent! 💜
Join Nicole Perone Grosso, our National Coordinator, in exploring forming faithful adults through the lens of the new #DirectoryForCatechesis with our partners at Catholic Apostolate Center! Register at: http://cathapostle.org/DCAdult #Formation #Catechesis

ESTEEM Leadership Staff


Nicole M. Perone

National Coordinator
Nicole M. Perone joined ESTEEM in 2020. As the National Coordinator, she is responsible for leading the strategic planning and vision of the ESTEEM program, along with serving as liaison for each of the site leaders, maintaining and updating the ESTEEM curriculum, and planning and executing the annual Capstone Conference.
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Mary Pickens Corsones

Program Coordinator
Mary joined ESTEEM in 2018. As the Program Coordinator, she is the operational point of contact for site leaders and collaborates with the National Coordinator to manage the implementation of ESTEEM.
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