College Grads


At times in the course of our lives, we may begin to wonder if there is something more in life. Further, we may struggle with the more immediate question of what we are supposed to do with that feeling. It may be especially difficult if our restlessness relates to a sense of calling to priesthood and religious life. 

The Graduate Discernment Retreat offers college graduates under the age of 35 who are considering a vocation to priesthood or religious life the opportunity to engage these questions of discernment with the Congregation of Holy Cross.

The retreat, which begins on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 1:30 p.m., takes place at Moreau Seminary on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. It includes sessions on discernment, prayer, seminary life, and religious and priestly ministry. These sessions are designed to help the participants discover not only the right questions to be asking of themselves and of God, but also how to listen for the answers.

The daily schedule of the retreat includes a rhythm of communal prayer centered on the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass. There is also ample time for personal prayer and reflection as well as for individual conversations with members of Holy Cross, including the vocation directors.

During the retreat, meals are shared in common with the members of the Moreau Seminary community as well as other retreat participants. These shared meals, which give a glimpse into community life, provide a casual setting in which to learn more about the mission, charism, and community of Holy Cross as well as to draw strength from the faith of other men discerning a similar calling and asking similar questions of God in their lives.


Registration Information and Dates

For more information on the retreat, please contact Fr. Neil Wack, C.S.C., in the Office of Vocations at (574) 631-6385 or

The next Graduate Discernment Retreat will take place January 13-15, 2017.

To learn more about seminary formation in Holy Cross or to take a virtual tour of Moreau Seminary visit our section on Seminary Life.

College Graduate Discernment Retreat at Moreau Seminary

From someone who has been there before:

Fr. David Halm, C.S.C. reflects on his experience of the Post-Grad Discernment Retreat:

The rich young man who approaches Jesus in Matthew 19:16 asks “Teacher, what must I do to gain eternal life?” I’d bet most young professionals today wouldn’t ask the question in quite that way. Yet, it seems like the great angst that hits one’s life in the mid-twenties is similar: “What’s my real purpose?” or “Does what I’m doing really matter?” Like the fellow in the Gospel, those who graduate college today and enter the professional world are, by and large, good people who are generous and abide by the commandments. Like the rich young man they may also have plenty of possessions and material success. Yet there is something missing. And so the young person asks, “Is this all?”

Read more of David's experience.