As the call to priesthood and religious life often first comes to us as an inkling, a restlessness, a nagging thought in the back of our minds and hearts that just won’t go away, it is not always easy to determine if it is a flight of fancy or a call from God. This is especially true in the context of the hectic pace of life on a college campus.
The College Discernment Retreat offers college undergraduates in their sophomore, junior, and senior years the opportunity to step away from the busyness of campus life to begin to find the answer to the critical, life-defining question: What is God calling me to do with my life?
Held at Moreau Seminary, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the College Discernment Retreat runs from 4 p.m. on Friday to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The retreat teaches the basics of how to listen for and to recognize God’s call. It not only provides many opportunities for prayer (including personal reflection time, Eucharistic Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, and daily Mass), but also teaches some forms of prayer particularly helpful in hearing the voice of the Lord.
The retreat also covers the history, charism, and mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Holy Cross priests and seminarians from the local area attend parts of the weekend, including several of the meals, to share their personal experiences of seminary, community, and ministry in the Congregation.
The schedule includes ample time for individual conversations with members of Holy Cross, including the Vocation Directors. The retreat also offers the opportunity to pray and be with other college students from across the country who likewise desire to do God's will and are asking how they might give their lives in service of the Church and the world.
Registration Information and Dates
For more information or to request a registration form, please contact Fr. Neil Wack, C.S.C., in the Office of Vocations at (574) 631-6385 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The next College Discernment Retreat: November 10-12, 2017
Fr. Christopher Rehagen, C.S.C. reflects on his experience of the College Discernment Retreat:
The retreat was one of the best things that could have happened to me in my discernment. For starters, it helped me grow in my prayer life and become more adept at listening to God in prayer. I needed the time away from the busyness of college life to learn to better discern the movements of the Spirit in my life.