Jesus turned and saw [the two disciples of John] following Him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to Him, ‘Rabbi, … where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’ So they went and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day.
– John 1:38-39
Before calling them to leave all things behind and follow Him, Jesus invited his disciples to “come and see.” He knew that if His disciples were going to be able to make this leap of faith, they needed to separate themselves from their daily routines. Only then could they come to know Him more and experience the life and mission to which He was calling them.
To help you discern if Jesus is calling you to follow Him as a priest or brother in the Congregation of Holy Cross, we invite you to “come and see.” We offer weekend retreats for high school juniors and seniors, college students, and college graduates discerning a call to religious life and priesthood.
These retreats offer you the opportunity to step out of your daily routines in order to spend focused time in prayer and reflection with Our Lord. Over the weekend you will have the chance to experience our communal life and prayer in Holy Cross. You will also learn more about our seminary programs and the unique mission and charism Christ has entrusted to us. We invite you to read more about the retreat tailored to you. It very well might be the next step Jesus is asking of you is to “come and see."
Come and See Weekends offer high school seniors (in the fall) and juniors (in the spring) the opportunity to spend a weekend at Old College Undergraduate Seminary at the University of Notre Dame and learn what life in the seminary with Holy Cross is like.
The College Discernment Retreat in the fall is offered to college sophomores, juniors, or seniors. It teaches the basics of how to hear God’s call and provides opportunities to deepen discernment through prayer (including personal reflection time, Eucharistic Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, and daily Mass) as well as to interact with Holy Cross priests and seminarians.
The Graduate Discernment Retreat in the summer is for all college graduates. Held at Moreau Seminary, it covers the basic principles of discernment and offers diverse opportunities to pray and reflect on God’s call. The retreat also includes an introduction to the mission and charism of Holy Cross.